Only one pedestrian in his 20’s was killed because the bus had no passengers. Police shot and killed the Muslim terrorist driver, who flipped the bus on its side with the stolen construction vehicle.
J POST A terrorist was shot dead by police in Jerusalem Monday afternoon moments after mowing down and killing a pedestrian with a stolen tractor trailer, and then overturning a bus in the haredi neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. The unidentified 25-year-old haredi victim died at the scene after sustaining critical wounds, police said. Six other pedestrians, including the driver of the bus, 31-year-old Abed Alahi, were treated for light wounds at an area hospital.
The terrorist killed at the intersection of Kikar Zaks and Bar Lev streets has been identified as Muhammed Naif El-Ja’abis, an east Jerusalem resident with a lengthy police record, an official said. According to Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, an intensive investigation has been opened to determine if El-Ja’abis acted alone.
He cautioned that further attempts to carry out terror attacks were possible, and that security forces were prepared to handle such incidents. Jerusalem District police chief Yossi Pariente echoed that police feared that such a terror attack may be attempted given the current tensions in the capital on the background of the IDF’s ongoing operation in the Gaza Strip.