(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) An Arab terrorist intentionally ran his vehicle into a crowd of people near the Shimon Hatzadik light rail station in Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon, killing one person and wounding at least 13 others. The terrorist was shot dead by security forces shortly afterward.
Wednesday’s attack took place near the site of a similar attack two weeks ago, in which two people, a baby girl and a woman from Ecuador, were killed when an Arab terrorist intentionally slammed his car into a crowd at the Ammunition Hill light rail station.
Three people were seriously wounded in the latest attack, five suffered moderate wounds, and five others were lightly wounded. Border Police officers who were in the area pursued the terrorist, who eventually emerged from his vehicle carrying a metal bar and tried to attack security personnel before being shot and killed.
In addition to pedestrians, a number of cars were hit by the terrorist’s vehicle.
Hamas praised the attack, calling it “heroic.”
“We call for more such... operations,” Hamas official Fawzi Barhoum said.
The attacker was identified as Ibrahim al-Akri, a resident of eastern Jerusalem’s Shuafat neighborhood. Akri’s affiliation with Hamas was known to the Israeli defense establishment.
“I have an important message for the city’s residents: the goal of the terrorists is to disrupt our lives and to hurt and scare us,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said. “We answer them by showing that we continue with our normal, daily routine. This is the message we will send the terrorists. We are here to stay. We will not budge. We will overcome the challenges and win this battle.”