A truck plowed into a group of soldiers at the promenade in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem this afternoon, killing at least four and injuring 15. The police confirmed that it was a terrorist attack. The driver was killed at the scene.
The soldiers were disembarking from a bus at the popular tourist spot in southeastern Jerusalem when the driver of a flat-bed rig accelerated into the group.
Three women and one man, all reported to be about 20 years old, were killed in the attack. Three others were severely injured, one was moderately injured, and the others were lightly injured. A number of victims at first were trapped under the truck, according to an Magen David Adom paramedic on the scene. The victims were then transferred to either Shaarei Zedek or Hadassah Ein Kerem hospitals in Jerusalem.
The victims killed in the attack were identified as:
Corporal Erez Orbach, 20, of Alon Shvut, a cadet in the officer’s training school. After his death his rank was posthumously raised to Second Lieutenant. He will be laid to rest Monday at 11 a.m.. at the Kfar Etzion cemetery.
Corporal Shira Tzur, 20, of Haifa, a cadet at the officer’s training school, was posthumously raised to Second Lieutenant. Funeral arrangements are still in preparation.
Second Lieutenant Shir Hajaj, 22, of Maale Adumim, was posthumously raised to the rank of First Lieutenant. She will be laid to rest Monday at 2 p.m. at the Har Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem.
Second Lieutenant Yael Yekutiel, 20, of Givatayim, was posthumously raised to the rank of First Lieutenant. The funeral arrangements are still in preparation.
The driver of the soldiers’ bus reported that after the truck drove into the group, the terrorist “reversed and ran over them again.”
The soldiers were visiting the capital as part of an army program in which troops are given tours of Jerusalem and other historic places around the nation.
The driver was identified as Fadi al-Qanbar, a resident of Jerusalem’s Jabel Mukaber neighborhood, according to Arab media.
The attack took place during the fast of 10 Tevet, a day set aside for mourning the siege and subsequent destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians in the fifth century BCE.
More details will follow as they become available.