Incident Summary:

12/21/2020: An assailant opened fire on police officers in Old City, Jerusalem, West Bank. The assailant was killed after police officers pursued him. One officer and a nearby civilian were injured during the clash. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources identified the assailant as Mahmoud Kmail, a Palestinian extremist.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Old City neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Israeli Border Police
Specific Description Police Station
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
An improvised Carlo submachine gun was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Palestinian Extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"IDF encounters Palestinian resistance while searching terrorist's home," Jerusalem Post, December 23, 2020.
"Palestinian gunman killed by police amidst attack in Jerusalem: Israeli police," Xinhua General News Service, December 22, 2020.
"Terrorism Digest: 21-22 Dec 20," BBC Monitoring, December 22, 2020.