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Published on November 23rd, 2016 | by Israel's Voice Staff

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IDF Officer Relieved from Duty After Failing to Intervene in a Terror Attack

An unnamed IDF officer from the 401st armored brigade was dismissed from his command for not intervening in a Jerusalem terror attack.

The officer was at the scene of the October 9 shooting attack near Ammunition Hill, in which two people, including a police officer, were killed.

“The officer was dismissed because he didn’t engage the attacker, and acted contrary to what is expected from him as an officer,” the army said.

Levana Malihi, 60, and police officer First Sergeant Yosef Kirma, 29 were both killed in the attack.

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Kirma, a member of the elite police reconnaissance unit Yasam, tried to charge the gunman and was killed in his effort. “He fearlessly pursued the terrorist in order to neutralize him and prevent further harm to innocent bystanders,” the police statement said. Kirma had also helped stop a terror attack in December 2015 and had been awarded a medal for doing so.

The gunman in the October attack, Mesbah Abu Sabih, a 39-year-old resident of Silwan in East Jerusalem, also injured five others before police intervened, shooting and killing him. The terrorist shot three of those injured and plowed his car into the cars of the others.

Channel 10 reported in October that an armed civilian tried to shoot the terrorist, while an armed soldier fled the scene.

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