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Police kill driver of excavator after 'attack' leaves Israeli dead

Aug. 4, 2014 3:22 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 6, 2014 10:33 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian man who rammed an excavator into a bus in East Jerusalem Monday, knocking the bus on its side and running another man over, medics and police said.

They said the man who was run over by the excavator was killed as well.

"A 25-year-old man was run over by the excavator and killed, and the bus driver was moderately to lightly injured," emergency services spokesman Zaki Heller told AFP, saying another four people were lightly hurt in the incident which police described as a "terror attack."

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld tweeted: "One person confirmed dead in terror attack in Jerusalem. Terrorist also shot and killed at scene. Forensics working at scene."

Rosenfeld later tweeted that the driver was a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem in his 20s.

Video footage of the incident seems to show that police opened fire at the excavator before it knocked the bus over.

"He hit a bus and turned it onto its side and as a result three people were lightly injured who were on the bus," Jerusalem police chief Yossi Pariente told reporters at the scene, adding that the bus was nearly empty when it was hit.

"Two police happened to be in the area ... they got out of their car and fired at the (excavator) and as a result (the driver) was killed," he said.

At the scene, the driver's body could be seen lying on the ground covered with a white plastic bag and a prayer rug, an AFP correspondent said.

Nearby, the bulldozer's windshield was completely destroyed.

AFP contributed to this report.

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