At least five people were injured after a car rammed a group of pedestrians near an Israeli border-police station in East Jerusalem, in an incident that police described as a terror attack.
Police said that the attacker, who is Palestinian, drove his car onto the sidewalk and struck four female Israeli border security guards. He then emerged from his car and attempted to stab a passerby, before being shot by a security guard, according to the Jerusalem Post. Israeli media reports, cited by Sky News, said that the officers struck by the vehicle sustained moderate to light injuries.
"The incident was apparently a deliberate attack," police spokeswoman Luba Samri told Reuters, adding that the driver had been taken to hospital in a serious condition. Israel Radio reported that the man was a resident of the majority-Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud.
The attack took place in an area of East Jerusalem that saw a number of similar attacks being carried out with vehicles last year. Three people were killed and a dozen were wounded in those attacks. Friday's incident occurred shortly after the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Central Council called for an end to a security cooperation deal with Israel, signed under the 1993 Oslo peace accord.
Israel has controlled East Jerusalem since the 1967 war when it annexed the territory in a move that was not recognized by the international community. Palestinians also claim the territory, which they want to be the capital of a future Palestinian state.