Four hurt in suspected car-ramming terror attack
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Four hurt in suspected car-ramming terror attack

One seriously wounded, another moderately and two more hurt at bus stop in Etzion settlement bloc; suspect detained

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

MDA paramedics respond to a suspected terrorist car-ramming attack outside of the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut on May 14, 2015. (Courtesy Gush Etzion local council)
MDA paramedics respond to a suspected terrorist car-ramming attack outside of the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut on May 14, 2015. (Courtesy Gush Etzion local council)

Four people were injured after a vehicle drove into a bus stop in the West Bank, in a possible terror attack Thursday afternoon.

The attack occurred outside the Alon Shvut settlement in the Etzon settlement bloc south of Jerusalem, at the site of a similar fatal attack in November.

The deputy head of the Etzion settlement bloc council Moshe Savil told Ynet news the driver came from the direction of nearby Kfar Etzion. “He crossed the highway and with great force struck a group of students who were waiting for the bus,” he said.

A suspect was arrested a short while later and was handed over to the Shin Bet security service for questioning. He is reported to be a Palestinian resident of Hebron.

One person was seriously injured, another moderately and two more lightly hurt in the incident, Israel Radio reported. All four were evacuated to a nearby Jerusalem hospital.

The victims are between 16 and 25 years old, according to Hebrew-language media reports.

Savil added in a statement made at the scene of the attack, “I call on the army and security forces to return security to the settlement bloc, to increase security, to restrict the entrance of Palestinians to areas with large groups of people like this.”

The car escaped the scene after the attack. It was described as a black Subaru.

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Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Twitter earlier that Israeli forces had set up roadblocks and were searching the area for suspects. Original reports by emergency personnel and the IDF listed only three injured in the attack.

“This is a hard day for the Etzion settlement bloc. This junction has experienced many tough incidents,” Savil said, referring to an attack that occurred near the junction where a Palestinian driver ran into a bus stop, running over Israeli Dalia Lemkus, 26, and then stabbing her to death.

There have been a spate of vehicular terror attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem since the fall.

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