TA rampage driver in reenactment: 'Not terror attack'

Isa Islam reenacts Nakba Day incident for police; reclaims he lost control of car after punctured tire.

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May 28, 2011 16:39
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Road attack in Tel Aviv on Nakba Day

nakba day road attack 311. (photo credit: Yaakov Lappin)

 
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Isa Islam, the 22-year-old truck driver from Kfar Kasm who ploughed into multiple vehicles and a bus earlier this month, killing one person and injuring 17 others in south Tel Aviv, reenacted the incident for police investigators on Saturday morning.

Police suspect Islam launched an attack on civilians in the area to coincide with "Nakba day," on which Palestinians mourn the establishment of the state of Israel. But Islam has denied the suspicions, claiming that he experienced a punctured tire which caused him to lose control of his 20-ton Volvo truck.

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During Saturday's reenactment, carried out under heavy police security, Islam followed the same route he took on May 15, when he came off Route 4 and entered Tel Aviv's Tikva neighborhood via the Mesubim Junction.

One of the cars struck by Islam was a blue Volkswagen car driven by 29-year-old Aviv Morag, who was on the phone with his father. Morag was instantly killed. 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 and smashing sideways into an Egged bus that had just dropped off its last passenger.

Eye witnesses told The Jerusalem Post on May 15 that the driver deliberately smashed into targets along a long stretch of the busy road.

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