Police kill Palestinian after Jerusalem car attack wounds 10

2014-11-05 14:42

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Jerusalem - A Palestinian driver was shot dead by Jerusalem police after deliberately ramming his car into a crowd of pedestrians, wounding 10, one of them critically, police and medics said.

Police described the incident as a "hit and run terror attack" and said it took place in the same area as a similar attack two weeks ago, in which a Palestinian rammed a car into a crowd killing a woman and a baby.

"A commercial vehicle hit and ran over pedestrians at a light rail station," police spokesperson Luba Samri said, indicating the incident took place on the seam line between west and annexed east Jerusalem.

She said the driver was a Palestinian from Shuafat, an east Jerusalem neighbourhood which lies very close to the site of the attack.

Critical condition

After the car came to a halt, the driver, who was wounded, "got out of the vehicle and started to hit people with an iron bar", she said.

He was shot dead by police who were in the area at the time, she added.

Emergency services spokesperson Zaki Heller said 10 people were wounded in the incident, one of whom was in critical condition.

Samri said three of the wounded were border policemen.

Heller said the car had driven down the light rail tracks then ploughed into people waiting on the platform in the mirror image of an attack in the same area on 23 October.

Jerusalem's light rail service, which opened in 2011, includes 24 stations strung along a 14km route.

It runs from Pisgat Zeev, a Jewish settlement neighbourhood in east Jerusalem, to Mount Herzl in the west, passing along Jaffa Street, the city's central shopping artery.

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