Jerusalem – Police officer Moshe Chen, 45, who was lightly wounded when a terrorist’s explosive device went off on the road between Ma’aleh Adumim and Jerusalem on Sunday, described the events as they unfolded on his police radio.
“I am on the road in the direction of the A-Zaim junction from the Adumim junction. The woman drove alone in the public transportation lane. I saw her acting suspiciously, she yelled ‘Alahu akbar’ (‘God is great’), seemed like she has set off a device. I am lightly wounded, the terrorist is on the ground, the car is burnt, is going to burn, someone there put out the fire with a fire extinguisher.”
“I don’t know if I am lightly wounded, I am in shock, I have suffered some burns,” Chen added. “The device went off, she detonated the device.”
After the event, Chen recounted more details from the incident.
“I felt like something was wrong as I watched her car approaching. I exited my car with my protective vest and I told her that she was driving in the public transportation lane. She yelled ‘Alahu akbar’ and I noticed smoke coming out of the car. I wanted to bring a fire extinguisher but then there was an explosion. It was then I understood that she was a terrorist,” he said.
“The explosion occurred right away and I asked people in the area to stay away because there was a terrorist. I saw people coming toward me to offer help.”
Chen said he told armed bystanders to hold their fire and not to shoot the terrorist.
“Some of them had weapons and I told them not to shoot at the woman, who at this point was not on fire and who was wounded and who did not pose a danger. I called for more police and security forces to come to the scene.”
“You always hear of terrorist attacks and suddenly I am in one, boom, that’s how it is,” the officer shared.
“I could have died but I am here, healthy and whole. I am very emotional; my son told me that his father is a hero.”
“I lived through the first intifada and the second intifada and now this one,” he said, adding, “I hope it ends soon.”