British Student Killed in Jerusalem Stabbing

Derby County soccer club's Pride Park Stadium

Derby County soccer club’s Pride Park Stadium

The British woman stabbed to death in an attack on the Jerusalem light rail was mourned by Israeli institutions at which she had studied and volunteered.

She was attacked close to Jerusalem's Old City, which was busy with Christians marking Good Friday and Jews celebrating Passover. She was studying the Bible along with Hebrew and archaeology.

"She had been taking part in an archaeological dig that morning".

She also served regularly at her local church in Burton, which is part of the Diocese of Lichfield.

Hannah Bladon's family said in a statement: "Hannah was the most caring, sensitive and compassionate daughter you could ever wish for".

"She was an enthusiastic rugby player and a keen Derby County supporter".

"Our family are devastated by this senseless and tragic attack".

Ms Bladon had been on an exchange programme at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Israel's Channel 2 reported on Saturday that Bladon was standing next to the assailant because she had given up her seat further back on the train to allow a woman holding a baby to sit down.

"I helped organise a trip she came on in Jerusalem and she really enjoyed it and was inspired by it".

A 57-year-old Palestinian man, described by police as "very mentally disturbed", was arrested at the scene.

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