Female British student stabbed to death in knife attack on board train in Jerusalem

Francesca Gillett

A young British woman has been killed in a knife attack on a train in Jerusalem.

The woman, a student understood to be visiting on a tourist trip, was stabbed repeatedly on board a train near the Old City of Jerusalem.

Two other people are believed to have also been injured in the attack on Friday. One of the attack victims is said to have been a pregnant woman.

Israel’s national ambulance service, Magen David Adom, said on Twitter they treated a 25-year-old woman who was in a critical condition after being stabbed in the upper part of her body.

Israeli policemen block the road after the attack just outside Jerusalem's Old City (Reuters)

The woman later succumbed to her injuries, according the Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem.

They said a 30-year-old pregnant woman and 50 year-old man were also injured.

Israeli Police and medics inspect the scene of a stabbing attack. (EPA)

MDA official Zeevi Hanfling said: “Police officers led me into the train where a young girl was lying unconscious w stab wounds 2 her upper body part."

Israel’s foreign ministry posted a picture of the knife allegedly used in the attack.

The knife used in the attack, which was described as a 'terrorist' incident by the Israeli Foreign Ministry

Video footage broadcast on television showed police officers restraining a man and carrying him away.

A police spokesman said the attacker was detained. Israel's security service identified him as a 57-year-old Palestinian man who had mental health problems.

The area was packed with Christians marking Good Friday and Jews celebrating Passover. On Good Friday each year, Christians hold a procession in the walled Old City.