Jihad in Jerusalem: Arab Muslim rams crowd with BMW- 3rd vehicular attack in J'lem since July

A Palestinian Arab resident of Jerusalem rammed his car into a group of Artillery Brigade soldiers at a central Jerusalem thoroughfare late Monday night, wounding 20 of the troops, before being shot dead, police and rescue officials said. Two of the casualties were in moderate condition, while the rest were lightly hurt. It was the third such attack in the city in recent months.

The 11:00 p.m. attack at the city's Kikar Tzahal near Jaffa Gate ended quickly after the Arab assailant was shot and killed by a policeman and one of the soldiers, an IDF officer, police said. The soldiers were on a penitential (Slichot) tour of the Old City.

The area in question is adjacent to east Jerusalem and the Old City of Jerusalem.

The lone assailant, who was driving a BMW, crashed into pedestrians on the sidewalk, where his car came to a grinding halt.

The casualties were rushed to Jerusalem's Hadassah-University Hospital at Ein Kerem, and the city's Sha'are Tzedek Hospital.

The attack comes after two back-to-back bulldozer attacks in Jerusalem in July which left three Israelis dead and dozens wounded.

Police said armed civilians killed the driver. He was not immediately identified, but the wording of the police statement indicated it was believed he was a Palestinian.

The intersection is situated near Jerusalem's Old City at the junction of Jewish and Moslem areas.

In recent months, Palestinians who lived in Jerusalem carried out two attacks within three weeks of each other using heavy construction machinery, killing three people and wounding many others. (Jerusalem Post)

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