Four have been killed and at least 15 have been injured in this Berlin copycat attack. This driver, thankfully, was taken out at the wheel.
Four Israelis soldiers were killed and 15 wounded after a Palestinian drove his truck over them before reversing, trapping ten people under his wheels on Sunday.
Israel’s prime minister says the Palestinian attacker was a supporter of the Islamic State extremist group.
Speaking at the scene of the attack, Benjamin Netanyahu said the attacker has been identified and ‘according to all the signs he was a supporter of the Islamic State.’
He says there ‘definitely could be a connection’ between Sunday’s attack, which killed four Israeli soldiers, and recent attacks in France and Germany.
Netanyahu says Israel has blockaded Jabel Mukaber, the east Jerusalem neighborhood where the truck driver lived, and is planning other measures to prevent similar attacks.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the driver was killed by Israeli forces.
The group of solider were standing beside the bus on some grass when the truck bounced into the air onto the promenade and drove through the victims without warning.
The killer then stood on his brakes and reversed, trapping some ten of his victims under the truck.
Some of the surviving soldiers managed to jump clear and opened fire, riddling the cab of the truck killing the killer.
An instructor accompanying the soldiers said he killed the terrorist.
It is understood the soldiers fired at least 18 rounds at the terrorist, who is believed to be from an Arab area of east Jerusalem.
The soldiers were on a cultural sightseeing tour of the city when they were attacked.
Tour guide Lea Schreiber said: ‘I heard my soldiers screaming and shouting.
‘I saw a truck that went on the side of the road. Soldiers starting shooting… There were orders and screaming everywhere. They told them to hide behind the wall because there was fear of another attack.
‘There was no sense in that reverse. He drove backward to crush more people. That was really clear.’
The Palestinian Hamas movement praised the attack, but did not take responsibility.
Hamas spokesman Abdul-Latif Qanou called it a ‘heroic’ act and encouraged other Palestinians to do the same and ‘escalate the resistance.’