Eyewitness to Jerusalem Terror Attack

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - An Artillery Corps deputy commander said he did what any officer would do to neutralize a terrorist.

Lieutenant Elad Amar, 23, a deputy commander in the Artillery Corps, shot and killed 19-year-old Kassem Mughrabi late Monday night after Mughrabi drove his BMW into a crowd of pedestrians.

"We left for a 'Selichot Tour' in Jerusalem on two armored buses carrying some 80 soldiers," Amar explained several hours after the attack.

Selichot are prayers of repentance prayed during the Hebrew month of Elul before the High Holy Days -- Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

"We walked from Jaffa Street toward the Old City walls. I was walking with a group of soldiers. We arrived at Tzahal Square, where a large group of soldiers was situated on a small traffic island," Amar said.

"Then I saw a BMW speeding toward the soldiers and then soldiers flying over the car, which eventually hit the wall of a building. I understood it was a terror attack and immediately cocked my rifle," he said.

"I noticed that the terrorist was beginning to recover and I was afraid he would put the vehicle in reverse and run over more soldiers and civilians so I aimed for his head and shot him 11 times through the windshield," he said.

"I continued to point my rifle at the terrorist and ordered the soldiers to seal off the area, for fear that the car was booby-trapped," said the lieutenant.

Police later identified the perpetrator as an Israeli Arab from the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jebl Mukaber, the same neighborhood that produced Alaa Abu D'heim, who gunned down eight unarmed students at Jerusalem's Mercaz HaRav yeshiva (religious seminary) last March.

Of the 17 people who were injured, 12 remained hospitalized Tuesday morning, according to Israel Radio -- one in intensive care, who was operated on last night, and two more who will be operated on today.

Sources: YNet news, The Jerusalem Post

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