ISIS has claimed responsibility for a shooting and stabbing terror attack which resulted in the death of an Israeli policewoman.
Hadas Malka, 23, a staff sergeant major, was fatally stabbed in Jerusalem and it is the first time ISIS has said it was behind an attack in the city.
But the claim, which came with the jihadists facing defeat in their Iraq and Syria bastions, was swiftly dismissed by Palestinian militant groups.
Israeli police said three Palestinians attacked officers at Damascus Gate in annexed east Jerusalem late on Friday before being shot dead by security forces.
Ambulance staff and police officers attended the scene of an attack in Jerusalem, Israel, on Friday night
Israeli security forces made their way to the scene after a female police officer was stabbed in the city
In an online statement, IS said jihadist fighters had targeted a ‘gathering of Jews’, warning that ‘this attack will not be the last’.
But Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip, dismissed the claim.
It said the attackers had come from among its own ranks and the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
The assault took place as tens of thousands of Palestinians held night prayers at the nearby Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam’s third-holiest site, on the third Friday of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
According to police, two assailants opened fire on a group of officers who returned fire, and a third stabbed the border policewoman a short distance away before being shot.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said: ‘Female border policewoman injured critically in attack at Damascus Gate.
‘Three Arab terrorists shot by police units that responded at the scene.’
Police said the three were killed.
In its statement IS said the attack was ‘revenge for the religion of Allah and the sanctities of the violated Muslims’.
They said: ‘Let the Jews watch for the demise of their state at the hands of the soldiers of the caliphate.’
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack but this was swiftly dismissed by Palestinian militant groups
In an online statement, IS said jihadist fighters had targeted a ‘gathering of Jews’, warning that ‘this attack will not be the last’
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the IS claim was an attempt to ‘muddy the waters’, adding that the attack was carried out by ‘two Palestinians from the PFLP and a third from Hamas’.
The killing was ‘a natural response to the crimes of the occupier,’ he said, echoing the language used by Hamas after other recent attacks in Israel.
Israel’s Shin Bet internal security agency identified the three assailants as Braa Salah, born in 1998, Adel Ankush, born 1999, and Asama Atta, born 1998, all from the village of Deir Abu Mashal near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
The Shin Bet said they had been previously been implicated in ‘terror activity’.
The PFLP said Salah and Atta had recently been released from several months in Israeli prison.
The names differ from those reported by IS, who said the attack was carried out by brothers called Abu al-Bara’a al-Maqdisi, Abu Hassan al-Maqdisi, and Abu Rabah al-Maqdisi.
Medics said four people besides the officer were wounded in the incident. Two of them were Palestinians from east Jerusalem.
A Palestinian from the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron, initially thought to be a fourth assailant and was shot and wounded, turned out to be an innocent passerby, Israeli police said.
Israel had eased restrictions on the entry of Palestinians from the West Bank to Jerusalem for Ramadan.