1 dead in Tel Aviv truck terror

Sunday, May 15, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

An Israeli Arab truck driver went on a rampage through the streets of Tel Aviv Sunday morning, killing one person and injuring at least five more.

The 22-year-old driver reportedly smashed into parked and moving vehicles for a distance of two kilometers (1.2 miles) in the heart of Tel Aviv before coming to a standstill after ramming a bus.

A 40-year-old man who was sitting in one of the parked cars that was hit died of his injuries.

Witnesses said that after hitting the bus at the end of his rampage, the Arab driver leapt from his truck and began shouting and hurling objects at people nearby. He injured a young Israeli girl who had the misfortune of being within reach of the crazed attacker.

Following his arrest, the driver tried to tell police that the incident was a simple traffic accident caused by a blown tire.

Security officials were extremely skeptical, and the devastating episode is being widely labeled as a terrorist attack with the suspected terrorist being spurred to action by "Nakba Day" - the Day of Catastrophe that commemorates Israel's rebirth as a nation-state.

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