Four dead as truck rams into soldiers in Jerusalem
At least four people have died and 13 have been wounded after a truck rammed into a group of soldiers on a busy sidewalk in Jerusalem on Sunday, according to Israeli emergency services.
Magen David Adom paramedic service said three men and one woman, all in their twenties, had been killed, according to Israeli media.
Israeli police chief Roni Alsheikh said the incident was a terrorist attack. Police said the truck veered off the road and rammed into a group of people getting off a bus on Armon Hanatziv Promenade, according to Haaretz.
“Other than the fact that the attacker was from East Jerusalem, I can’t share any details in order to prevent compromising [the investigation],” Alsheikh said.
Later, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld confirmed to Sky News that the group who had been attacked were Israeli soldiers.
Rosenfeld also tweeted that the assailant driving the vehicle had been shot dead, and a Sky News reporter on the scene said 11 bullet holes could be seen in the truck’s windshield.
There are also multiple reports the attacker reversed back over where he had driven after ramming into the group.
Moshe Aharon — identified as a bus driver who witnessed the incident — was quoted by Israel Hayom and The Times of Israel as saying: “A group of [people] were standing with their bags near the bus. I had just let them off.”
“The truck drove into the group of [people], ran over them and kept going. The [people] shot at the driver. He reversed and ran over them again.”
Addressing the attack, Jerusalem mayor Nir Barakat urged residents of the city to remain vigilant and “not let terrorists win,” according to Haaretz.
“Unfortunately there is no limit to the cruelty of the terrorists who stop at nothing to murder Jews and disrupt life in Israel’s capital,” Barakat said.