Jerusalem on standby after alleged 'tractor' terror incident leaves two dead

Published August 4th, 2014 - 12:26 GMT

A tractor hit a bus in Jerusalem Monday, overturning it, in what police are saying was a terror attack.

An approximately 25-year-old pedestrian who was struck by the tractor was critically wounded, eventually succumbing to his wounds after efforts to resuscitate him failed.

The driver of the tractor was shot and killed by police.

Five additional people were lightly injured in the attack, including the driver of the bus, which was empty at the time of the attack. MDA paramedics transported the injured to local area hospitals.

Jerusalem District police chief Yossi Pariente said 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.

Earlier on Monday, five police officers were lightly injured in rioting at the Temple Mount.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat praised police for their alertness, saying that officers noticed the tractor driver's erratic behavior immediately and succeeded in neutralizing him relatively quickly.

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch arrived at the scene of the incident, saying that "the terrorist was known to security forces from a separate incident."

Aharonovitch said the slain terrorist's family was being questioned.

He cautioned that further attempts to carry out terror attacks were possible, and that security forces were prepared to handle such incidents.

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