And again: Terror in Jerusalem (live blog)An Arab driving a bulldozer rammed into a bus and other vehicles on Jaffa Street, Jerusalem's busiest street, a short while ago. He was shot and killed by police, who apparently waited way too long because of the strict 'open fire orders.' Anywhere from two to four people have been killed and 'dozens' have been wounded. The driver was apparently an 'east' Jerusalem Arab. He drove from Sarei Yisrael Street into Jaffa Road, not far from the entrance to the city and started driving towards the center of town before he was stopped. I will be in live blog mode for a little while with this story.The police apparently know the terrorist as a criminal. More to follow.
UPDATE 1:00 PM
The terrorist left a construction site on Sarei Yisrael Street and turned into Jaffa Road, the busiest street in the city. He knocked over a bus (#13 bus that left Malcha Mall at 11:30) and then started running over cars. Another bus driver managed to avoid the bulldozer. The latest count according to Israel Radio has three dead and 36 wounded - two of them seriously, four moderately and the rest lightly.
Arutz Sheva has some details:
A very large Arab-driven tractor rammed into a bus - and other vehicles - and turned it completely on its side on Jaffa Street in downtown Jerusalem. Two policemen were able to climb the tractor; they struggled with the terrorist-driver, but only after a short time did they shoot and kill him. "This is because the open-fire orders are stupid," said eyewitness and veteran [broadcast. CiJ] journalist Yitzchak Noi.Haaretz adds:
Magen David Adom sources confirm that the incident, which began at the intersection of Jaffa and Sarei Yisrael Streets, was a terror attack. The Arab attacker also damaged at least three cars and two buses. One Toyota car, for instance, is totally crushed; the woman driver was killed.
Construction work on the new light-railway is taking place in the area, and Arab workers are a common sight.
An emergency situation has been declared in the capital.
The overturned bus is located outside the old Shaarei Tzedek building, the current offices and studios of the Israel Broadcasting Authority. Several reporters were eyewitnesses to the attack.
A Palestinian man deliberately plowed the bulldozer he was driving into a bus on Jaffa Street in downtown Jerusalem shortly after noon Wednesday, killing at least two people and wounding dozens more.Israel Radio is now reporting that the driver drove fast down the street and managed to drive 500-600 meters before he was stopped.
Israel Radio said one of the dead was a woman who had been driving a Toyota at the scene of the attack. Police shot and killed the driver of the bulldozer, a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem in possession of an Israeli identification card and a criminal police record.
"I saw the tractor's shovel turn to the bus and deliberately hit it. It hit other vehicles as well," another Israel Radio reporter said.
Emergency vehicles rushed to the scene, where the single-decker commuter bus, its side slashed by the tractor, lay on its side. The Toyota driven by the woman killed in the attack was reportedly flattened.
At least three other vehicles appeared to sustain damage, including a van whose entire front section was crushed.
The incident marked was the first terror attack in Jerusalem since a gunman killed eight students in a religious school in March. The attack came nearly two weeks into a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
The attack occurred in an area where Jerusalem is building a new train system. The project has turned many parts of the city into a big construction zone.
UPDATE 1:32 PM
Here's a report from Sky News. Let's go to the videotape.
UPDATE 1:42 PM
An 'unknown terror group' has claimed responsibility for today's terror attack.
A terrorist group calling itself Ahrad Al-Jalil said it was behind Wednesday's terrorist attack in Jerusalem, but Israeli authorities are not certain if the group actually it exists. The same unknown group has claimed responsibility for previous attacks.But we've heard of this group before. They originally took responsibility for the Merkaz HaRav terror attack in March (which later turned out to be Hamas). And that attack too was carried out by an Arab from 'east' Jerusalem with a blue Israeli identity card.
Gaze terrorist organizations said that the terrorist, who rammed a bulldozer into pedestrians and vehicles, acted independently.
UPDATE 1:54 PM
Apparently it wasn't the police who killed the terrorist, and at least for one Jerusalem family, killing terrorists is all in the family.
A soldier on leave took the gun from an elite policeman at the scene and shot the terrorist dead. The soldier, M[full-name removed by court order - see subsequent post], 18, is the brother-in-law of IDF officer David Shapira, who killed the terrorist in the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva attack, Channel 10 reported.I guess he decided he couldn't care less about the open fire orders. Thank God!
UPDATE 2:04 PM
Listening to a press conference with the police commander Ilan Franco on the radio.
The terrorist was a 30-year old married father of two from Tzur Baher, an Arab village in the southeastern part of the city (near East Talpiyot). Tzur Baher is generally not considered a difficult village. It's not far from Jabal Mukaber, the home of the Merkaz HaRav terrorist. As far as they know, he acted alone. He worked for a construction company.
UPDATE 2:23 PM
Haaretz has eyewitness accounts from the attack scene.
"I saw the bulldozer smash the car with its shovel. He smashed the guy sitting in the driver's seat," said Yaakov Ashkenazi, an 18-year-old yeshiva student.City officials have already said that they want to destroy the terrorist's house. The home of the Merkaz HaRav terrorist still has not been destroyed.
"I was shocked. I saw a guy going crazy," said Yosef Spielman. "All the people were running. They had no chance."
Dozens of people were seen fleeing from the scene of the attack, as the wounded lay on the ground amid piles of broken glass and blood stains.
A woman sprinkled water over a baby's bloodied face, a rescue worker stroked the hair of a dazed elderly pedestrian and a loved one raised the bleeding leg of a woman sitting outside the overturned bus.
Esther Valencia, a 52-year-old pedestrian said she barely escaped the carnage.
"He almost hit me. Someone pushed me out of the way at the last moment. It was a miracle that I got out of there."
Sixteen-year-old Eyal Lang Ben-Hur, was in a bus when the driver yelled out, "Get out of the vehicle! Everyone out! People fled in a panic," he said, "and the bus was hit an instant later."
Chen Shimon, a 19-year-old solider, said the whole scene was a nightmare.
"I just got off the bus and I saw the tractor driving and knocking everything down in his path," she said. "Everything he saw he rammed. He had a gun and started shooting at a police officer."
UPDATE 3:34 PM
The BBC has footage that shows the terrorist being stopped. Let's go to the videotape.
UPDATE 5:04 PM
Here's a video from FoxNews that has the best description I've seen or heard yet of how the terrorist was stopped (Hat Tip: Hot Air). Let's go to the videotape.
UPDATE 6:08 PM
I now have footage of the terrorist being shot so let's go to the videotape again.