The mayor of Jerusalem helped apprehend a Palestinian terrorist who stabbed an Orthodox Jew in the stomach in the middle of a Jerusalem street.

Nir Barak was traveling in a car when he spotted the man wielding a knife. The mayor’s bodyguards also intervened to detain him until the arrival of police.

The attack took place between the Old City and City Hall in Jerusalem’s western district.

Barkat said: “I was driving my car when suddenly my team saw the terrorist near us with a knife. Both myself and my bodyguard immediately jumped out of my car, my guard drew his weapon and we held the terrorist until police arrived, and immediately took care of the casualty who fortunately was lightly injured.”

Police confirmed the suspect was in Israel illegally and is now in custody. Security patrols around Jerusalem were increased following the incident.

The attack came one month after a Palestinian armed with a knife attacked passengers on a bus in Tel Aviv wounding 12 people. He was shot and wounded by a passing prison officer.