Three critically wounded after incident in capital near Old City; Hamas terrorist shot dead by police.
One person has been killed and at least 14 wounded in Jerusalem, when a terrorist drove a car into a crowd of pedestrians at the Shimon Hatzadik train station, located on Shimon Hatzadik street north of the Old City and not far from the Municipality building.
Shortly after the attack one of the victims who was critically wounded was pronounced dead on his way to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. Two other victims are hospitalized there in critical condition.
Police and medics are on the scene, with at least three people at the scene said to be critically wounded, at least two others moderately injured, and several others lightly wounded.
The terrorist continued driving after running over the pedestrians, hitting into another car and then another before being stopped. He then left the vehicle with an iron bar in his hand and started hitting passersby.
Border Patrol officers on hand at the scene shot the terrorist dead.
The terrorist has been identified as Ibrahim al-Akri, a known member of Hamas who lived in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat.
His brother Musa was reportedly released in the 2011 “Shalit Deal,” according to Channel 2.
Pro-Hamas news sites have been publishing pictures of Ibrahim al-Akri and praising him as a “martyr”:
Hamas spokesperson Mushir al-Masri released a statement shortly after the attack, saying “we strengthen the hands of the one who avenges the blood of those wounded in Al-Aqsa.”
“A commercial vehicle hit and ran over pedestrians at a light rail station,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP.
Witnesses say the terrorist was driving in a Ford Transit, a large white van, and came from the direction of the French Hill neighborhood.
“Ten people were wounded, one of whom is in critical condition,” emergency services spokesman Zaki Heller told AFP. He said the car had driven down the light rail tracks then ploughed into people waiting on the platform in the mirror image of an attack at the Ammunition Hill light rail station two weeks ago.
In that previous attack, an Arab terrorist murdered a three-month-old girl and 22-year-old woman with his car at the station.