Police released video footage Wednesday of the deadly vehicular terror attack that killed 25-year-old Shalom Yohai Cherki and seriously wounded another woman on April 15 as Israel marked Holocaust Remembrance Day.
An Arab man from northeast Jerusalem was arrested following extensive questioning by Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) investigators, for allegedly ramming his car into the two Israelis at a French Hill bus stop in the capital.
Police said the lengthy interrogation gave cause to believe that Khaled Koutineh, 37, from Anata, was motivated by nationalistic reasons to drive his vehicle into Cherki and Shira Klein, who is also in her 20s.
According to police, the alleged attack took place shortly before midnight, when Koutineh, who is married and has no criminal record, sped his car into Cherki and Klein while they waited for a bus on Haim Bar Lev Boulevard.
Both victims were treated at the scene by Magen David Adom paramedics and rushed to Hadassah-University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem, where Cherki died hours later from severe head trauma.
Koutineh, who was lightly injured in the collision, was taken to Hadassah-University Medical Center on Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus. After being treated, he was taken for questioning by the Shin Bet, in coordination with police, to determine whether the incident was indeed a terrorist attack.
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