Palestinian driver who rammed Israeli police officers shot dead


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian driver who rammed his car into a group of Border Patrol officers in eastern Jerusalem was shot and killed by Israeli police.

Two officers were moderately injured in the Wednesday morning attack in the Arab neighborhood of A-Tor, near the Mount of Olives.

Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld in a tweet called the driver an “Arab terrorist.” The driver, 30, reportedly was shot as he tried to back his SUV over the downed officers, a man and a woman both in their 20s. They were taken to Jerusalem-area hospitals.

Police, who are investigating the incident, closed off the area. Local residents threw rocks at police and security forces following the attack, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Last week, four Israelis, three of them students, were injured at a traffic junction in the West Bank when a Palestinian driver from nearby Hebron rammed his car into them. The driver confessed to intentionally carrying out the attack.

There have been a series of vehicular attacks on Israelis by Palestinian drivers in the Jerusalem area in recent months.

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