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January 8, 2017 8:41 am

4 Dead, 15 Wounded in Palestinian Truck-Ramming Attack in Jerusalem

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The scene of the truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem. Photo: MDA.

The scene of the truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem. Photo: MDA.

At least four Israeli cadets in their early 20s, three female and one male, were killed on Sunday afternoon, and some 15 were wounded — some seriously — when an attacker rammed a truck into them in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv, Hebrew media outlets are reporting.

According to the reports, the victims — part of a group from an officers’ training course on an educational tour — had just gotten off a bus at the promenade at approximately 1:30 pm, and the terrorist sped up his vehicle and ran them over, then put the truck in reverse and tried to cause further damage. The perpetrator, a resident of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, with Israeli licence plates, was shot and neutralized by a tour guide, Eitan Rund, who himself was wounded in the attack. Initial findings revealed that a number of other people at the scene, possibly soldiers, continued to shoot until the terrorist was killed.

Due to a gag order imposed by Israeli security forces, the identity of the terrorist is not yet being released. But reports from Gaza and the Palestinian Authority say that he is 28-year-old Fadi al-Qanbar, who had served time in an Israeli jail. Palestinian media report on celebrations being held in the streets to laud him for the attack.

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This is the worst terrorist attack that has happened in several months, amid a lull in the surge in Palestinian terrorism — known familiarly as the “lone-wolf intifada” — which began a year ago in September.

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