In what Israeli police have described as a “terrorist attack,” a construction vehicle has hit and killed an Israeli pedestrian and overturned a bus in Jerusalem.
Police shot and killed the driver of the excavator, who they say was a Palestinian from East Jerusalem. Israeli TV footage showed the man’s body hanging out of the excavator’s cabin.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, spoke to reporters.
“The tractor made its way down the main road and hit a bus, flipped a bus over,” he said. “What we know from the police officers that arrived at the scene opened fired on one of the suspects, and we are talking about the suspects inside of the tractor itself. He was shot and killed,” added Rosenfeld.
Israeli emergency service workers said there were no passengers on board the bus at the time of the incident which happened in an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of the city.
The construction vehicle driver’s family has been questioned by police.