Tractor hits bus, killing 1 in Jerusalem terror attack
(JPost) Police shoot and kill driver, who flipped bus on its side with construction vehicle; pedestrian in his twenties killed in incident; 5 others lightly injured; Aharonovitch: Slain terrorist was known to security forces.
An approximately 25-year-old pedestrian who was struck by the tractor was critically wounded, eventually succumbing to his wounds after efforts to resuscitate him failed.
The driver of the tractor, Mohammad Jabbis,a resident of the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood, was shot and killed by police.
Five additional people were lightly injured in the attack, including the driver of the bus, which was empty at the time of the attack. MDA paramedics transported the injured to local area hospitals.
Jerusalem District police chief Yossi Pariente said police feared that such a terror attack may be attempted given the current tensions in the capital on the background of the IDF's ongoing operation in the Gaza Strip.
Earlier on Monday, five police officers were lightly injured in rioting at the Temple Mount.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat praised police for their alertness, saying that officers noticed the tractor driver's erratic behavior immediately and succeeded in neutralizing him relatively quickly.
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch arrived at the scene of the incident, saying that "the terrorist was known to security forces from a separate incident."
Aharonovitch said the slain terrorist's family was being questioned. Israeli media said the driver was a resident of East Jerusalem.
He cautioned that further attempts to carry out terror attacks were possible, and that security forces were prepared to handle such incidents.
In two incidents in July 2008, construction vehicles driven by Palestinians hit Israeli buses and pedestrians, killing a total of three people. In both incidents, the attackers were shot dead.
Three years later, an Arab truck driver drove into cars and pedestrians in Tel Aviv, killing one person, in what police said was a deliberate attack. The driver was apprehended and sentenced to life imprisonment.