There are two things I noticed about this report. Firstly, Israel News, unlike our own craven media, doesn’t hesitate to call the perp a terrorist. Not a “Palestinian activist”, nor a “militant”, nor even “an alleged terrorist”. Just a terrorist.
Secondly, no Israelis were killed because of the prompt application of deadly force by a well-armed bystander. Just as with the bulldozer murderer a few weeks ago, the rapid response with firearms probably saved a lot of lives.
According to YNet News:
Terror Attack in Jerusalem, 17 Wounded
At least 17 reported wounded as terrorist runs private car into pedestrian crowd at busy intersection in central Jerusalem. Paramedics say two in serious condition. Terrorist reportedly shot dead by IDF officer
A terrorist driving a black BMW ran his car into a crowd of pedestrians at a busy intersection in central Jerusalem near the Old City on Monday evening.
At least 17 people were confirmed wounded at Zahal Square, most in light-to-moderate condition. Magen David Adom paramedics evacuated those wounded to the Hadassah Ein Karem and Shaare Zedek hospitals for treatment.
Most of those wounded are reportedly soldiers belonging to the Artillery Corps who were on a ‘Selichot Tour’ in Jerusalem. Selichot are Jewish penitential prayers said during the High Holidays.
The terrorist, a Palestinian from east Jerusalem, was shot dead by an IDF officer holding the rank of lieutenant who was with the soldiers.
A female civilian sustained moderate-to-serious wounds.
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Rescue services rushed to the scene, and police have blocked traffic in the area. Sappers examined the terrorist’s body, fearing he may have been wearing a bomb belt.
The terrorist reportedly began his rampage on Shivtei Yisrael Street. Security authorities say they have been able to ascertain the identity of the terrorist, it has not yet been released for publication.
“The terrorist was in a private car, he rammed straight into a group of people touring the area,” said first responder Haim Weingreten, a ZAKA volunteer.
Police say had no alerts
Jerusalem District Commander Aharon Franco said that police officials did not have a specific warning regarding an intention to carry out an attack in Jerusalem.
Hat tip: Abu Elvis.