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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat in Jerusalem, Sept. 3, 2013
Sebastian Scheiner—AP

The Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat, and his bodyguard, thwarted a potentially deadly knife attack Sunday evening. The two apprehended an 18-year-old Palestinian who allegedly lunged with a knife at a 27-year-old Israeli next to City Hall.

Barkat, who happened to be passing by when the attack took place, said “My bodyguard and I jumped straight out of the car, he drew his weapon and together we caught the terrorist until police arrived, and we took care of the wounded, who, happily, was only lightly wounded.”

The teenager was subsequently arrested by police. A motive for the stabbing has not yet been established, according to Police Superintendent Micky Rosenfeld.

[ABC News]

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