Israeli police officer covers the body of a victim.

At least four killed in a truck attack in Jerusalem

At least four were killed on Sunday in Jerusalem after a truck rammed into a group of Israeli soldiers on a popular promenade.

As reported by Reuters, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was an attack by the Islmaic state. “We know the identity of the attacker. According to all the signs he is a supporter of Islamic State,” the Prime Minister said.

The military informed that one female officer and three officer cadets were killed leaving 17 others injured.
Police said that out of the four dead, three were women. After shooting the driver dead on the spot the police identified him as Fadi Ahmad Hamdan Qunbor. The 28-year-old truck driver was from East Jerusalem and a father of four from the Jabel Mukabar neighbourhood.

As reported, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that nine Jabel Mukabar residents were arrested on suspicion of aiding the attacker. These residents include five members of the attacker’s family.  A source from the government said ministers had called for demolition of the driver’s house and that his body will not be returned to the family for burial.

United States condemned the attacks ‘in the strongest terms’ and offered aid to Israel. A security guard identified as “A” told Channel 10, “ I shot at a tyre but realised there was no point as he has many wheels, so I ran in front of the cabin and at an angle, I shot at him and emptied my magazine”

However the footage shows the soldiers fleeing from the scene as the attack took place with their rifles hung by their shoulder.

The wave of Palestinian street violence has slowed down but not stopped.

 

SOURCES: REUTERS, NEW YORK TIMES

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