A MUSLIM driver of a commercial van ran over pedestrians at a train stop in eastern Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing an Israeli border police officer and injuring 13 other people before getting out of his vehicle and attacking people with a metal bar, Israeli police said. Police shot and killed the attacker, identified by Israeli authorities as a member of Hamas.
CNN The attack came on another day of tension between Israelis and Palestinians over Jerusalem’s Temple Mount — one of the holiest sites in Judaism and Islam — where Israeli police clashed with Palestinians on Wednesday.
No motive for the van attack was immediately released, but Hamas backed it in a text message to the news media: “Hamas blesses the action. What is happening in Jerusalem is pushing us to prepare for war.”
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld called the incident “a terrorist attack.” On October 22, a Palestinian man rammed his car into commuters waiting at a light rail stop in Jerusalem, killing a baby and wounding several other people.