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Israeli prosecutors issue indictment for teenage Palestinian

Nov. 20, 2015 12:20 P.M. (Updated: June 5, 2016 4:43 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli prosecutors have presented an indictment for murder against a Palestinian teenager who stabbed an Israeli security guard on a light rail train in Jerusalem on Nov. 10.

Muawiya Alqam, 14, was accused of attempted murder and possession of a knife after the attack on the security guard.

Israeli police said the teenager confessed during questioning that his motive to carry out a stabbing attack was "revenge" after a relative of his was killed by Israeli forces while also attempting to carry out an attack.

Muawiya told police he left his home on the day of the attack carrying a kitchen knife and met up with his 11-year-old cousin Ali. The two cousins agreed that they wanted to stab a soldier, and boarded the light rail train before agreeing to attack the security guard instead.

Ali was shot three times during the attack, and underwent surgery to remove a bullet from his stomach.

Video footage of the incident shows Ali and his cousin Muawiya sitting in a light rail carriage before one pulls out a knife and stabs a security guard.

The Israeli security guard was moderately wounded.

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