Israeli Border Police shot and killed a Palestinian terrorist Tuesday at a roadblock in Jerusalem as he attempted to run them over with the car he was driving. Three border guards suffered slight injuries to their legs in the moments leading up to the shooting.
“We were on lookout duty, observing the intersection and suddenly spotted a white vehicle arriving without intending to stop,” said Supt. Noam Shavit, a border police squad commander who spotted the approaching car and opened fire on it. “He simply crashed into the squad, and I immediately realized this was a terror attack. I had no doubt. It clearly was not an accident, with the speed and direction of the car headed into the officers.”
The policemen were taken to a Jerusalem hospital for treatment of their injuries afterward.
Investigators identified the terrorist as Iyad Azmi Awisat, 20, of East Jerusalem’s Sur Baher neighborhood. They have not ruled out the possibility the attack was connected to the demolition of the home belonging to Hussam Duwiyat, the terrorist who went on a rampage through Jerusalem with a bulldozer in July 2008.
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The attack took place hours after the home’s demolition had begun.
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