Jerusalem – At least eleven people were wounded in a vehicular ramming attack near the Chords Bridge at the entrance to Jerusalem on Monday afternoon.
The terrorist, an east Jerusalem man, was shot and killed at the scene.
According to police, the motorist in a private vehicle drove onto the sidewalk and rammed into pedestrians near a bus stop on the capital’s Herzl Street. Police later found an axe in the car.
At least two victims, a toddler and a 65-year-old woman, were in moderate condition and nine others were in light condition.
Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem was treating some of the wounded and the remainder were being treated at Hadassah University Medical Center in the capital’s Ein Kerem neighborhood.
The terrorist appeared to have also rammed into a fire hydrant, spraying water across the premises.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the citizens and security forces who have helped stop terror attacks, saying that their acts have saved lives.
“We are facing a new kind of terror, that of individuals,” he told his Likud faction. “This presents a challenge not only to us but the entire world.
I have no doubt we will overcome [the challenge].”
Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat praised the people on the scene for acting quickly to subdue the terrorist and prevent further injuries.
He said that not letting such terror attacks change routine life in the city was as important as security measures to deal with terrorism.
“As soon as possible we must get get back to routine, not give them a [sense of] achievement. With all the pain of those injured, we must do this,” Barkat said.