Palestinian driver shot dead by Israeli police officer

A Palestinian driver shot dead by Israeli police while two Israeli police officers lightly wounded during a driver assault

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A Palestinian driver was shot dead after driving his car onto Israeli police officers, lightly wounding two police officers, in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of A-Tur, agencies reported.

The incident occurred at the A-Tur junction in the northeast of the capital, near the Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus and the Mount of Olives.

Israel police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld tweeted that “assailant was neutralized at scene.”

There was no immediate information on the driver’s identity, other than the fact he was a resident of East Jerusalem.

Jerusalem Police Chief Moshe Edri who arrived on the scene said that "the Border Patrol officers acted as was expected of them, neutralized the terrorist and prevented further harm.”

'Driver assault attacks' against police officers began as a trend in Jerusalem in October but has also spread to the West Bank.

On April 25, three policemen were injured in a car-ramming attack in the A-Tur neighborhood, near the site of Wednesday’s incident. Police fired on the vehicle as it sped away. It was later found abandoned, and security forces later apprehended the driver.

TRTWorld and agencies