Monday, August 04, 2014

4-Aug-14: Jerusalem man killed in terror attack on bus

Shmuel Hanavi Street Jerusalem a short time
ago [Image Source]
There has been a terrorist attack on a bus here in Jerusalem today.

Again, for the third time in recent years, the assault was done by a Palestinian Arab driving a construction vehicle on a city street. In this attack, the bus had no passengers on board at the time, but the driver suffered injuries when his vehicle was overturned from the impact of the construction vehicle[source]. The tractor driver has been named [Times of Israel] as Muhammed Naif El-Ja’abis, a resident of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber.

We're hearing, though it's not yet confirmed as we write this, that a pedestrian was crushed to death by the attacker.

Previous terror attacks of an eerily similar nature involving Arabs and construction vehicles took place in Jerusalem on July 2, 2008July 22, 2008; and March 5, 2009. Over at the Israel Matzav blog, they point out that the scene of the attack "is nearly the exact spot where the number 2 bus from the Western Wall to Har Nof was attacked by a human bomb on August 19, 2003."

A passerby caught some of the event on a cell-phone video camera:

UPDATE Tuesday 5-Aug-14: A statement by Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum says “the action in Jerusalem was very brave, a natural response to the occupation.”

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