A man was killed and six other people were wounded Monday afternoon when a terrorist went on the rampage in an industrial digger in central Jerusalem.
The terrorist hit a pedestrian, a bus and a car before being shot dead by police who happened to be in the area. Images from the scene showed an overturned bus, and the the terrorist dead in the cabin of the digger.
Magen David Adom rescue service said that they received a report at around 1:35 pm that a tractor had apparently hit a pedestrian and then an empty bus. Its emergency personnel had treated a 25-year-old man and the 45-year-old bus driver at the scene, the service said.
The policeman who stopped the terrorist was identified as Ariel Tuita; the terrroist was named as Mohammed Naif Ja’abis. Local media said that he was from the East Jerusalem village of Jabel Mukaber.
Ja’abis left the construction site in the digger and after travelling some 50 meters hit the bus, said a member of the police force. Three people were lightly hurt when the bus was attacked.
The wounded were taken to Hadassah University Hospital, Mount Scopus.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat praised the police for their speedy response, saying the terrorist had not gone more than 100 meters before he was stopped. But he also called for citizens to behave responsibly in such tense times.
“No one should take the law into their own hands, and anyone who does so should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” the Jerusalem mayor said.
The attack comes amid already spiraling tensions in the capital city. Clashes at the Temple Mount in the Old City erupted earlier in the day, when masked Arab youths threw stones and fireworks at police forces at the Mughrabi Bridge when the compound opened for visitors.
Update: Yeshiva World News reports:
The pedestrian who was run over and killed R”L by the tractor terrorist a few short hours ago has been identified as an avreich, Rav Avrohom Wallis HY”D, 29, a member of the Toldos Aaron Kehilla. He was a mashgiach for Asra Kadisha at the construction site.
The niftar was born and raised in Yerushalayim. His father, Rav Shimon Wallis, is a shochet and mashgiach for the Badatz Eida Chareidis. The niftar worked in the Wallis tzitzis factory run by an uncle.
The niftar is survived by his rebitzen and six children. The levaya will leave the Toldos Aaron Beis Medrash tonight, Tisha B’Av, at 22:00.