A terrorist driving a truck rammed into a group of soldiers on the Armon HaNatziv promenade in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing 4, and injuring at least 15 others. The assailant was killed by soldier’s gunfire. Several victims were trapped beneath the truck and had to be extricated.
“We know the identity of the attacker. All signs point to the attacker being a supporter of the Islamic State.” Benjamin Netanyahu
The suspect was identified as Fadi al-Qanbar, an Arab resident of East Jerusalem.
The windshield of the truck was riddled with bullets from the soldiers fighting back against the attack.
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Three women and a man were killed, all of whom were in their 20s. Fifteen soldiers were also injured when the truck veered off the street and slammed into the crowd. The soldiers were on an educational trip, and just getting off a bus.
According to the police, the truck veered from its course along the promenade and rammed into a group of soldiers getting off a bus.
“You don’t need more than two to three seconds to find a terrorist target,” the police commissioner said. “The soldiers at the scene reacted immediately and killed the attacker.”
“We got on the bus at the International Convention Center, and this was our first stop. A few minutes after we arrived, while I was talking about the Jerusalem landscape, I heard screaming behind me. I turned around a saw the truck getting on the sidewalk.
Soldiers who were in the area started shooting at the truck. At first they couldn’t kill him. He put the truck in reverse. At this point the youths screamed and the instructors told them to hide behind the stone walls. After the assailant was incapacitated, paramedics arrived.” Leah Schreiber, Instructor and witness.
According to some eyewitnesses, the truck ran over the soldiers, then backed up and ran over them again.
There those damned Israelis go again, violently attacking the peace-loving Palestinians. Remind me again why Israel doesn’t give up territory for promises of peace from the Palestinians?
Taking off on Bill’s comment, when will the Israelis learn that deadly bullets are an out-of-proportion response to a mere civilian truck?