A motorist who was Palestinian rammed his vehicle into people awaiting a train on Friday morning in east Jerusalem. Seven people were injured in the incident including six soldiers from the Israeli army, before the driver was shot by security personnel, said police.
A spokesperson from the police, Luba Shamri described the incident as a terror attack. Witnesses said the motorists purposefully plowed his vehicle in the group who were waiting for a commuter train. His car then hit the curb and the man exited his vehicle with a knife in hand and stabbed one pedestrian before being shot.
The seven people injured as well as the motorist were transported to a nearby hospital.
The police said the attacker was a Palestinian from an area of east Jerusalem and authorities said he was in his twenties. Authorities said attacks such as the one on Friday are difficult to prevent as they are usually carried out by just one person and come about as a surprise.
However, a regional commander of the police said that determined and swift response was able to stop the attack early and prevent more innocent people from injury.
Following the attack, police cordoned the area off immediately. The front part of the attacker’s car had been smashed and its windshield cracked.
Friday’s attack comes during the same time as Purim a Jewish holiday is celebrated. Police are boosting security across Jerusalem and Nir Barkat the mayor said the day’s celebrations would continue on schedule.
Barkat said that the city and its people would not let terror disrupt the daily routine and it will be fought without compromise. Barkat added that he invited all residents of Israel to celebrate the holiday and support it.
The attack is similar to a number of other assaults late last year on Israelis amidst the heightened tensions regarding the most sensitive holy site in all of Jerusalem, which is revered by all Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by the Jews as Temple Mount.