Jerusalem Bulldozer Attack Ends With Palestinian Dead

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 5, 2009 1:50 PM CST
Israeli police officers stand at the scene of a bulldozer attack in Jerusalem.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A Palestinian driver rammed a construction vehicle into a bus and police car on an Israeli highway today, wounding two officers before he was shot dead. It was the third bulldozer attack in Jerusalem in the past eight months. Witnesses described a yellow front-loader speeding along Begin Highway, dragging the police car, flipping it into the air and trying to plow it into the bus, which had no passengers.

The attacker, like the previous two, was from East Jerusalem. "We stopped at a red light and saw in the opposing lane on the left a tractor ramming into a police car with two officers inside and overturning it," a policeman said. "We stopped the car, I ran over to the tractor and pulled out my gun, fired a few bullets at him until he slumped over." Two taxi drivers said they also opened fire.