Car-ramming terror attack in Jerusalem kills 4, likely inspired by Islamic State
(JNS.org) The slain Palestinian terrorist who carried out the Jerusalem attack that killed Israeli soldiers and injured at least 16 people Sunday was likely a supporter of the Islamic State terror group, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
A screenshot of a security camera footage capturing the moment of the car-ramming terror attack in Jerusalem Sunday, in which killed four Israeli soldiers were killed. Credit: Screenshot.
“We know the identity of the attacker, and according to all the signs he is a supporter of Islamic State,” Netanyahu said while visiting the scene of the attack, adding that the attack was similar to car-rammings in Europe such as in Nice and Berlin during the past year.
The terrorist was identified as Fadi al-Qanbar, who came from the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, which borders the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood where the attack took place.
“We will overcome this terror, just as we overcame other attacks,” Netanyahu said. “There are a number of actions that we will not specify at this time, which we will have to take to ensure that incidents such as these do not recur.”
Al-Qanbar drove a truck into people exiting a bus in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood.
"A truck that was driving along the Armon Hanatziv promenade hit a group of people exiting a bus. There are several wounded to varying degrees. The terrorist was neutralized," the Israel Police said.
Reports indicate that three female soldiers and one male, all in their 20s, were killed in the attack.
A spokesman from the Palestinian terror group Hamas quickly praised Sunday’s car-ramming attack, saying Hamas “welcomes the brave and heroic operation in Jerusalem” and calling the attack a “natural reaction to the Israeli crimes and violations against our people, land and holy sites.”