Several people killed and wounded in Jerusalem terror attack

Several people were injured and killed on Sunday during an apparent terrorist attack in Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Police confirmed that the perpetrator has been neutralized. Authorities suspected terror motives in the incident.

All of the victims were Israeli soldiers. The soldiers were getting off a bus at the promenade, a popular tourist spot in southern Jerusalem, when a large flatbed truck ran into them.

Eyewitnesses said that after the driver hit the soldiers with his truck, he put the vehicle in reverse and ran over them a second time.

At least 15 people were injured, some of them seriously. The four soldiers — three women and one man — who died were in their 20s, according to the Magen David Adom rescue service said.

Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich said the attacker was a resident of east Jerusalem. The apparently Arab perpetrator had an Israeli driver's license and was driving a car with an Israeli license plate.

The driver was identified as Fadi al-Qanbar, a resident of the capital’s Jabel Mukaber neighborhood, according to Arab media.

"To our dismay, there is no limit to the cruelty of the terrorists who are willing to use any means possible to murder Jews and to damage the life routine of Israel's capital.

"Those who incite and fan the flames and those who support terror must pay a heavy price. I call the residents of Jerusalem and the country at large to be alert and despite this hard terror attack to carry on in your daily routines, and do not let terror win," Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the Hamas terror group praised the attack as “heroic.”

Hamas spokesman Hazaem Qassem lauded the attack saying, “These operations demonstrate that all attempts to bypass the resistance or to thwart it will fail every time.”

The Haas-Sherover Promenade promenade is a popular location that offers a view over Jerusalem and the Old City. In May two elderly women were stabbed and moderately injured in a park below the promenade in what police confirmed as a terror attack.

Dan Butcher

Dan Butcher is the editor and publisher of High Plains Pundit. Dan is also the host of the popular High Plains Pundit Podcast.

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