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Palestinian Kills Three In Bulldozer Attack

From those defenders of the faith at CNN:

Jerusalem bulldozer ‘terrorist’ kills 3 in rampage

Israeli authorities are labeling it a terrorist attack, although they say there is no clear motive and the man — a construction worker — acted alone. It is not known if he had links to any terrorist organization.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told CNN the bulldozer operator drove down a busy thoroughfare in West Jerusalem, crashing into four cars and two buses, before heading toward a crowded market.

"We believe he acted on his own and tried to kill as many people as possible," Rosenfeld said.

"If he would have continued … he would have made his way into an open market, hundreds of people doing shopping there … and this could have been (an) even worse terrorist attack than we have experienced today."

The rampage lasted about four to five minutes before a police officer climbed up the side of the swerving bulldozer and fatally shot the driver.

Police identified the attacker as a Palestinian man from a village in East Jerusalem with a criminal record. He worked at a construction site in the area, one of several along Jaffa Road.

Rosenfeld said because the man was a Jerusalem resident, "he was able to arrive in the main part of Jerusalem without any problem whatsoever."

In addition to the fatalities, two people were seriously wounded and 42 others sustained minor injuries, paramedics said…

According to police and witnesses, the bulldozer ran over a car, crushing its front end and killing the driver before bumping into a bus shortly afterwards. It then struck another bus further down the road — knocking it over leaving a gaping hole in its side — and three other cars before a special police patrol unit arrived on motorcycles.

When the driver did not stop, one of the motorcycle police jumped onto the cab of the bulldozer, Rosenfeld said.

"There was a struggle that took place inside the actual cabin of the bulldozer," he said. "The terrorist himself was shot both by a security guard as well as a police special patrol unit that arrived at the scene, thus ending the killings."

Video footage shows the end of the incident, with several onlookers giving chase to the construction vehicle as it swerves away from the camera.

A man is then seen to climb up the side of the bulldozer and reach into the cab before it finally comes to a halt. Police said that the driver was shot in the head at point blank range.

The attack happened right in front a building housing several news organizations — including CNN’s Jerusalem bureau — on Jaffa Road, one of the longest and oldest streets in the city…

It is surely just a coincidence that this attack occurred in front of a building that housed several news agencies, including CNN.

Israeli authorities are labeling it a terrorist attack, although they say there is no clear motive…

Just as surely as we will never be able to puzzle out this man’s motivation.

It’s all a mystery — especially to our watchdog media.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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