British woman killed in Jerusalem attack

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A British woman thought to be in her 20s has been stabbed to death in Jerusalem, police have said.

The tourist was attacked while travelling on a tram in Tzahal Square, which was packed with people celebrating Good Friday and Passover.

She was taken to a hospital but died from her injuries soon afterwards.

Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security service have identified 57-year-old Palestinian Gamil Tamimi as her attacker. He was arrested at the scene.

Police say Mr Tamimi, a resident of Ras al-Amud in east Jerusalem, was recently released from a psychiatric hospital.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are in touch with local authorities following an incident in Jerusalem on April 14.”

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin said he was “filled with sadness about the attack” and his thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim.

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