Three Killed, 66 Injured in Jerusalem Attack

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Three people were killed and 66 wounded when an Israeli Arab trampled vehicles and pedestrians in Jerusalem's city center.

"A tractor [bulldozer] driven by a terrorist began hitting vehicles and flipped over two busses," Jerusalem Police Chief Aharon Franco told Israel's Channel 2.

"Apparently there are causalities at the scene. We don't have an exact number yet. We received no prior warning of a possible attack," Franco said.

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Abraham Scheinberg, a ZAKA (emergency rescue service) volunteer, said the bulldozer was working at the construction site of Jerusalem's new light rail system.

Eyewitnesses reported that the terrorist was killed after a brief struggle with elite SWAT team police officers and an off-duty soldier. One officer was lightly wounded.

The terrorist began his rampage at the junction of Jaffa and Sha'are Yisrael Streets, apparently headed toward Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem's open air market.

"The tractor turned into the road very suddenly and started trampling over cars waiting at the stoplight," eyewitness Tzion Shetreet told YNet news.

"I started yelling for people to shoot him. I saw a security officer running out from a nearby building and aiming an Uzi at him," Shetreet said.

"The tractor was heading in the direction of the Mahaneh Yehuda market. This is something you only see in the movies. It was awful," he said.

Later, the killer was identified as 31-year-old Hussam Dwayyat, a resident of the Zur Bahar neighborhood in east Jerusalem, who had an Israeli identity card and also had a criminal record.

"The troops have located the terrorist's home and police have already questioned his employers," Chief Franco said.

Police Commissioner Dudi Cohen said the attack appears to have been unplanned.

"This appears to have been a spontaneous attack," Cohen told reporters, adding that police, civilians and security personnel acted with "admirable determination."

Sources: YNet News, The Jerusalem Post

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