Bulldozer attack in Jerusalem injures 2

Staff at Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital work to save the life of the Arab driver who slammed his tractor into a police car on March 5, 2009, in an apparent terrorist attack. The man, who was shot by a passerby, later died. (Hadassah Medical Organization )

Staff at Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital work to save the life of the Arab driver who slammed his tractor into a police car on March 5, 2009, in an apparent terrorist attack. The man, who was shot by a passerby, later died. (Hadassah Medical Organization )

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A bulldozer driver overturned a police car and rammed a bus in Jerusalem in an apparent terrorist attack before being shot.

Two police officers were slightly injured in the attack early Thursday afternoon, Israel Police said, according to reports.

Police and a cab driver shot the driver, who was identified by Israeli media as a 26-year-old Palestinian resident of eastern Jerusalem, and he died of his wounds. The driver also reportedly tried to flip over cars near the Malha Mall. He had an open Koran in the cab of the tractor, Jerusalem District Police Commander Nissan Shaham  told Ynet.

The cab driver, identified as Dor, told Israel Radio that he chased the driver as he witnessed the attack, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported.

"I saw the police car fly into the air. He flipped it over twice, then continued dragging it toward a bus that was stuck in traffic," the cab driver said.

Dor told the radio he fired four shots at the man, wounding him.

"Then a policeman came with his M-16 and finished him off finally," he said.

Last July, a Palestinian from eastern Jerusalem used a bulldozer in downtown Jerusalem to kill three and injure dozens. Two weeks later, 24 people were injured in a similar attack.
 

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