The driver of a construction vehicle rammed and overturned cars in downtown Jerusalem on Tuesday, wounding four people before he was shot dead, police said.DKK
The attack was a chilling imitation of a similar incident early this month, when a Palestinian driver went on a rampage with his earth moving vehicle on a busy Jerusalem street, plowing into vehicles and pedestrians, killing three and wounding dozens before an off-duty soldier shot and killed him.
The identity of the driver in Tuesday's attack was not immediately clear. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But Israeli police called it a "terror attack."
The attack took place in a busy part of downtown Jerusalem, several hundred meters from the luxury hotel where U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama is supposed to stay Tuesday night as he kicks off a visit to Israel.
Minutes after the attack, the man's body was visible sprawled backward in the cabin of the yellow front loader. Sirens wailed in the background, and a police helicopter hovered overhead.
Three cars were heavily damaged, including one that was overturned.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police sealed off possible escape routes into predominantly Arab east Jerusalem and were searching for two suspects who fled the scene.
Israeli rescue services said they had evacuated one person whose leg was partially severed.
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