One Israeli was killed and another six were wounded when a Palestinian Arab terrorist attacked a passenger bus with a large bulldozer on the streets of Jerusalem Monday afternoon.
The attack occurred on the major thoroughfare dividing eastern Jerusalem from the western half of the city, very near to the Olive Tree Hotel.
Witnesses believe the bulldozer driver was attempting to run over people waiting at a nearby bus stop when a passenger bus suddenly pulled up. Not wanting to miss his opportunity, the terrorist rammed the bus, flipping the vehicle on its side.
Eyewitness video provided to Israel’s Channel 2 News showed that the terrorist attempted to continue his attack, when an alert police officer quickly opened fire, killing the bulldozer driver before he could do further damage.
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Jerusalem has seen a number of bulldozer or tractor terror attacks in recent years.
On July 2, 2008, three Israelis were killed and another 44 wounded when a bulldozer positioned on Jerusalem’s Jaffa Street for road work suddenly entered traffic and plowed into pedestrians, cars and two passenger buses.
Less than three weeks later, an Arab municipal worker attempted to repeat the earlier carnage by charging into traffic with a smaller bulldozer along Jerusalem’s iconic King David Street.
Sixteen people were wounded in that attack before nearby police officer shot and killed the terrorist.
In March 2009, an Arab terrorist manning a massive earthmoving bulldozer attacked a police car and attempted to slam into a bus full of schoolchildren near Jerusalem’s Malha Mall.
The two officers in the car were lightly wounded. The schoolchildren were saved when the bulldozer became stuck on a metal electrical pole. An alert and armed taxi driver and another nearby police officer then opened fire on the terrorist, fatally wounding him.