Five women wounded in Jerusalem suspected terrorist attack

Cnaan Liphshiz

(JTA) — Five women sustained moderate to minor injuries when a car rammed into a group of pedestrians standing at a light rail station in east Jerusalem.

Police are treating Friday morning’s incident on Shimon HaTzadik Street as a terrorist attack.


Four of the women injured are Border Guard officers who were in uniform when the car hit them, Army Radio reported. Two of the women sustained moderate injuries while the rest had minor injuries.

Police said the driver veered from the road onto the sidewalk, before getting out of the vehicle with a knife. He was shot and wounded by a security guard.

Susan Turnbull, the chairwoman of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, who in Israel this week, was in a car near the scene of the attack.

“We saw probably 20 police arrive from every direction within moments,” she told JTA in an email. “The immediate response is breath-taking to behold with police and medical personnel aided by onlookers in a flash.”

The car used for the attack is registered to a address in Ras al Amud, an eastern neighborhood of Jerusalem.

The attack happened on Purim, a Jewish holiday on which several deadly terrorist attacks happened in recent years.