An Israeli religious academy student was stabbed to death by a Palestinian Saturday in an apparent political killing outside Jerusalem's walled Old City, Israel Television reported.

The 21-year-old victim was walking with a friend near the Zion Gate toward the Old City's Jewish Quarter when the attack occurred, police said.The two Israelis passed a group of five Palestinians as they walked up stairs toward the Old City. The Arabs approached and one stabbed the victim in the heart. The student, identified as Shlomi Cohen, died at the scene, state-run Israel Television reported.

The attackers fled into the Old City, police said. Police and soldiers searched the narrow streets of the Old City and detained for questioning about 70 Palestinians between the ages of 15 and 25.