Two policemen hit by Palestinian car

Driver may be mentally unstable; officers evacuated from scene suffering light to moderate injuries.

April 18, 2009 11:34
Two policemen hit by Palestinian car

palestinian car west bank checkpoint aj. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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Two traffic police officers were injured on Saturday morning when a Palestinian taxi driver rammed his vehicle into them at a checkpoint north of Jerusalem. The incident began at approximately ten a.m. at the Hizma checkpoint, when a 37-year-old Palestinian driver from Azariya (on the outskirts of the Jerusalem) struck the two officers with his Mercedes. A 40-year-old police officer was moderately injured and a 24-year-old officer was lightly injured in the attack. They were taken to the Ein Kerem hospital. During an initial interrogation, the suspect confessed to deliberately striking the officers, Judea and Samaria Police said. He was then transferred to Binyamin Police for further questioning, and told officers he suffered from a mental illness. Police said the "true nature of the incident" had yet to be verified, adding that the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) would also interrogate the suspect. Police are seeking to understand whether the attack was part of a recent wave of 'improvised' spontaneous lone terror attacks.

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