By JPOST.COM STAFF – 01/08/2017 13:32
Police confirm that the perpetrator has been neutralized; police chief identifies driver as east Jerusalem resident.
Four people were killed and several others wounded after a truck rammed into several pedestrians adjacent to the Armon Hanatziv promenade in Jerusalem on Sunday, according to Magen David Adom. Among the fatalities were three women and one man in their 20s.
MDA reported that it was treating 13 additional wounded people, of them, three in serious condition, one in moderate-to-serious condition and 9 in light condition. Emergency workers were evacuating the wounded to nearby hospitals.
Police confirmed that the perpetrator has been neutralized. Authorities suspected terror motives in the incident.
Speaking to the press minutes after the attack, Police Commissioner, Insp.- Gen. Roni Alsheich, identified the attacker as a resident of east Jerusalem, explaining how the apparently Arab perpetrator had an Israeli driver’s license and was driving a car with an Israeli license plate.
Alsheich said that there was no prior warning to the attack, but that police are intensely preparing to react quickly to threats and to thwart attacks as often as possible.
MDA paramedic Landy Sharon who arrived at the scene said that he “saw a truck that hit a group of young people that got off a bus near the Armon Hanatziv observation post.”
“About 10 people were lying on the ground near the street. Some of them were trapped under the truck,” he added.
According to police, the motorist increased speed and rammed the truck into a group of people while they were descending from a bus.