Truck Attack Kills 4 Soldiers in Jerusalem

By Cresswell McCoy Jan 10, 2017 12:18 PM EST
Terror Attack In Jerusalem
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JANUARY 08: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli security forces and emergency personnel gather at the site of a vehicle-ramming attack on January 8, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. Four israeli soldiers were killed and 13 wounded after an industrial truck driven by a Palestinian man, rammed into a group of people.

An Arab terrorist rammed into a group of soldiers in Jerusalem leaving four dead and 17 injured, nearly 300 soldiers were present at the time of the attack. The driver of the truck was shot dead at the scene later on the attacker was identified as a Palestinian from Jabel Mukaber.

Out of the four dead three were female soldiers all in their early 20's, the deputy commander of the ZAKA recovery and rescue organization stated that 12 victims were wounded lightly, the other four are serious and one is in a critical condition as per the Guardian.

The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu said that the attacker was a suspected supporter of the so called Islamic State. The attacker was Fadi Qunbar and he was 28 years old. It was indeed a very tragic incident especially for the soldiers.

An eyewitness present at the scene stated that the attacker drove backwards to crush more people, the police have tightened the security throughout the city after the incident.

According to BBC News, the security cabinet approved administrative detention for IS sympathizers and they authorized the destruction of the driver's home.

As for the Palestinian militant group Hamas they praised the attacker and a spokesperson Abdul Latif Qanou called it a heroic act. He further encouraged other Palestinians to escalate the resistance.

The US state department along with the European Union condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms. Earlier in October 2015, 35 Israelis were killed in a wave of knife, gun and car ramming attacks all by Palestinians or Israeli Arabs.

The Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat stated not to let terror win when he called on the residents, there have been a number of attacks that occurred in recent months but this particular incident has been one of the most serious one. 

 

 

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