Baby killed as car rams crowd in Jerusalem terror attack

Police and rescue personnel at the scene where several people were injured when a car crashed into the Jerusalem light rail station on October 22, 2014. (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Police and rescue personnel at the scene where several people were injured when a car crashed into the Jerusalem light rail station on October 22, 2014. (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Vehicle driven by Hamas member careens into people at light rail station; eight others injured, suspect shot; Netanyahu blames Abbas ‘incitement’

(SOURCE)  A three-month-old girl was killed Wednesday afternoon and eight others were injured when a car crashed into a crowd at a light rail station in Jerusalem in what officials said was a terrorist attack.

The suspect, identified by an Israeli official as a member of terror group Hamas, attempted to flee the scene on foot and was shot and badly hurt by police, a police spokesperson said.

 “A private car which arrived from the direction of the French Hill junction hit a number of pedestrians who were on the pavement and injured nine of them,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement.

“Initial indications suggest this is a hit-and-run terror attack,” Samri said.

The baby, Chaya Zissel Braun, died at the nearby Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus a few hours after the incident. A spokesperson for Israeli rescue service Magen David Adom said a 60-year-old woman and seven other people, including the baby’s parents, were also lightly and moderately wounded in the attack.

Police and rescue personnel near a baby stroller at the scene of a terror attack at a Jerusalem light rail station, by Ammunition Hill. October 22, 2014. (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Police and rescue personnel near a baby stroller at the scene of a terror attack at a Jerusalem light rail station, by Ammunition Hill. October 22, 2014. (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said that both Chaya Zissel Braun and her parents were American citizens. US State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf couldn’t immediately confirm whether the family was American, but condemned the attack.

“The Israelis are currently looking into the incident. We are in touch with them and we’ll see what more information we can get, also urge all sides to exercise restraint and maintain calm,” Harf said.

Prime Minister’s Office spokesperson Ofir Gendelman wrote on his official Twitter feed that the suspect was a Hamas member.

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