The Jerusalem syndrome :bulldozer runs wild in Jerusalem
The Jerusalem syndrome...Driver of bulldozer shot death after ramming cars and pedestrians....Published: 07.22.08, 14:07 Israel time.
Police receive report on bulldozer crashing into cars on capital's King David Street. According to report, terrorist shot to death by civilian, Border Guard officers.
The police on Tuesday morning reported of shots heard on Jerusalem's King David Street after a bulldozer began running wild in the area.
The police reported that the terrorist was shot dead and two people were injured.
At around 2 pm, eyewitnesses reported seeing a bulldozer driver running wild in the city and overturning cars. Large rescue forces were dispatched to the area.
Dina, who works near the scene of the incident, told Ynet, "There are a lot of ambulances and police cars here. We heard three or four shots fired at the bulldozer driver.
Arik Blum, the manager of a nearby restaurant, added, "He overturned two vehicles. This bulldozer was smaller than the one used to carry out the attack at the beginning of the month. The bulldozer's window is full of bullets."
At the beginning of the month, three people were murdered when an east Jerusalem terrorist travelling on a bulldozer, crashed into cars and buses in central Jerusalem.
UPDATE. Bulldozer driver a relative of Hamas lawmaker.
Man who carried out Jerusalem attack named as Ghasan Abu-Tir of east Jerusalem. His relative, Palestinian Parliament member Muhammad Abu-Tir, is jailed in Israel .
18 injured in the bulldozer attack, see here.
UPDATE 2. What has President Mahmoud Abbas to say:
...."Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who was meeting with President Shimon Peres as the terror attack in Jerusalem occurred, condemned the attack carried out by a bulldozer driver on a rampage in Jerusalem, Tuesday.
Slideshow: Bulldozer attack "I understand this was a deliberate attack," Abbas said, "and we condemn any attack against civilians from both sides [of the Israeli-Arab conflict]," Abbas told TV reporters upon exiting the Beit Hanassi presidential residence in Jerusalem."...see here.
What has the democratic presidential candidate Barak Obama to say on the eve of his visit to Israel:
Tuesday's terror attack in Jerusalem, in which sixteen were wounded, is a reminder of the reality in Israel, presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama said Tuesday.
Speaking at a news conference in Amman, Jordan, Obama said "Today's bulldozer attack is a reminder of what Israelis have courageously lived with on a daily basis for far too long."
"I strongly condemn this attack and will always support Israel in confronting terrorism and pursuing lasting peace and security," he added.
The Democratic senator also said that his "thoughts and prayers go out to all who were injured, and to their families", see here.
What have witnesses and almost victim to tell:
Avi Levi was driving the bus that was rammed by the digger. "I was driving on the main road when it hit me in the rear, on the right hand side," he said. "After I passed him he turned round, made a U-turn and rammed the windows twice with the shovel. The third time he aimed for my head, he came up to my window and I swerved to the right, otherwise I would have gone to meet my maker," he told the Associated Press.
Another witness, Moshe Shimshi, was riding a motorcycle and stopped when he saw the digger colliding with the traffic. "He didn't yell anything, he just kept ramming into cars," he said. The digger then headed for a queue of cars waiting at traffic lights "and rammed into them with all his might," he said.
Shimshi said he saw a civilian man firing a pistol into the driver's cabin as he continued to ram into the cars. "After a few shots, I saw the driver shake and fall, and then he didn't move any more," he said, see here.