Several seriously injured, including one critically; police shoot and kill the attacker, a Hamas member from Shuafat
(SOURCE) An Arab driver plowed his vehicle into a crowd of people at a light rail station along the seam-line between East and West Jerusalem late Wednesday morning, killing one Border Police officer, and injuring 14 more.
“Ten people were wounded, one of whom is in critical condition,” emergency services spokesman Zaki Heller said.
Magen David Adom paramedics reported that two people were seriously hurt, and three moderately injured. Policemen were among the injured, according to Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch.
Palestinian Ma’an news agency identified the terrorist as 48-year-old Ibrahim al-Akary. Hamas’s Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades tweeted out pictures it said showed the man, who it called Akazi, one of which showed him lying on the ground after being shot.
Police said the driver hit several pedestrians at a light rail station on the corner of Bar Lev and Shimon Ha’Zadik streets, close to the Border Police headquarters on Route 1, and then continued driving along the tracks, hitting several cars along the way until finally crashing to a halt.
Akary then got out of his white commercial van, carrying a metal bar, and began attacking a group of policemen before Border Police at the scene shot and killed the attacker.
Footage quickly emerged (WARNING: graphic images) of bystanders at the light rail stop being run down by Akary, while some managed to elude the speeding van.
The attacker’s brother, Musa Muhammad al-Akary, served 19 years in an Israeli prison for the 1992 kidnapping and murder of IDF soldier Nissim Toledano in Lod. He was released in the 2011 deal that freed IDF soldier Gilad Shalit from Hamas captivity, and was expelled to Turkey.