Jerusalem car attack kills 2, injures 13 as driver shot dead

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An Israeli border policeman was killed and at least 2 kille and 13 injured when a car deliberately rammed pedestrians in Jerusalem on Wednesday, medics said, with media reports saying the driver was shot dead shortly afterwards.

“A commercial vehicle hit and ran over pedestrians at a light rail station,” Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said, indicating the incident took place on the Green Line between west and annexed East Jerusalem.

An Israeli emergency services spokesman told AFP that 10 were wounded, with hospital sources later saying that an Israeli border policeman had died from his injuries.

Israeli media reported that the suspect exited the vehicle after ramming into pedestrians and began attacking passers-by with an iron rod before being shot in the head and neck by border police.

A Ma’an reporter identified the suspect as Ibrahim Muhammad Daoud al-Akkari, 48, from Shufat. He was a father of five children, the youngest of which was four.

His brother was released and deported to Turkey as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal in 2011.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the attack was a “natural response” to Israeli crimes in Jerusalem and a sign that the city is set to explode.

He called on Palestinians to protect and defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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