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Jerusalem truck attacker was ISIS supporter: Netanyahu
Monday, 9 January 2017
Jerusalem truck attacker was ISIS supporter: Netanyahu

The driver who plowed a truck into a group of soldiers in Jerusalem, killing four people and injuring at least 10, may have been an ISIS sympathizer, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

But he did not outline evidence to support the claim.

Netanyahu posted photos of the four soldiers on Facebook with this message: “I am mourning the loss of our four soldiers who were murdered today in the terrorist attack in Jerusalem. In the name of all the people of Israel, I offer my condolences to their families.”

Israeli police shot and killed the attack suspect, who they identified as 28-year-old Fadi Qunbar. Police have also arrested nine other suspects, including five of Qunbar’s family members.

The Palestinian man, who has since been shot dead, drove a lorry into a group of soldiers.

An emergency meeting of the Israeli security cabinet approved detention without trial for IS sympathisers.

Three women and a man, all in their twenties, were killed in the attack and 17 others were wounded, police said.

CCTV footage showed the truck ploughing at high speed into the soldiers, before reversing over the victims.

“He drove backward to crush more people,” eyewitness Leah Schreiber told reporters. “That was really clear.”

The Israel Defense Forces tweeted that the dead soldiers were Lt Yael Yekutiel, 20; Lt Shir Hajaj, 22; 2nd Lt Erez Orbach, 20 and 2nd Lt Shira Tzur, 20.

Other soldiers shot the driver dead. Nine people were arrested in a raid on his neighbourhood, including five members of his family.

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