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(photo credit: Yoel Miller)
Seven people were injured in south Tel Aviv
early Monday morning, after a terrorist from the West Bank carjacked a
taxi and rammed it into a police road block protecting a Tel Aviv
nightclub, before going on a stabbing spree.
Monday's attack comes after a similar attack in May
on Nakba Day when a young truck driver from the Arab town of Kafr Kasim caused
terrifying destruction in south Tel Aviv after ramming his truck into
several vehicles on Bar-Lev Street, in what police suspected to be a
“lonewolf terror attack” that killed one man and injured 17 others.
20-ton Volvo truck, driven by the 22-year-old man, departed Kafr Kasim
on the morning of the attack and entered Tel Aviv via Route 4, driving
through the Mesubim Junction. As the driver approached the Hatikva
neighborhood, he struck and ran over several cars. The truck driver
continued on, smashing into a black jeep, a white Fiat car, flattening a
road sign, and striking other vehicles, before suddenly swerving into
the opposite lane, running over a moped – seconds after its driver leapt
off – then finally smashing sideways into an Egged bus, that just
dropped off its last passenger.
The attacks are also reminiscent
of the so-called "Jerusalem bulldozer attacks" three years ago that
started on July 2 2008 when terrorist Husam Taysir Dwayat carried out a
lethal bulldozer rampage on Jaffa Road which killed three people and
wounded dozens before he was killed.
Three weeks later, tractor driver Ghassan Abu Tir, a 22-year-old
resident of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Umm Tuba who was working
on a construction project on a side street near the King David Hotel,
pulled into King David Street and repeatedly crashed his vehicle
into a No. 13 Egged bus, which managed to escape, and then rammed into
five cars, one of which he overturned, before being shot dead by a
motorist who happened by the scene. 15 people were wounded in the
Two months later, east Jerusalem resident Kasem Mugrabi drove his BMW
into a a crowd in Jerusalem's Tzahal Sqare near the Old City. 17 people
were wounded, most of them soldiers, before he was shot dead by an IDF