Two people remained hospitalized in serious condition on Sunday following last Wednesday’s car-ramming terror attack in Jerusalem which claimed the lives of two Israelis, Israel Radio reported.
An IDF soldier injured in a separate driving incident in the Gush Etzion region on Wednesday also remains seriously wounded, while four others are still being treated for wounds sustained in the two incidents — three are in moderate condition, and one is lightly injured.
The first car attack occurred when 48-year-old Ibrahim al-Akary plowed into pedestrians at a light rail station along the seam line between East and West Jerusalem on Wednesday. A Border Police officer, Jedan Assad, from the northern Druze village of Beit Jann was killed in the attack. Seventeen-year-old yeshiva student Shalom Ba’adani was critically injured and succumbed to his wounds on Friday.
Police said the driver hit pedestrians at a light rail station on the corner of Bar Lev and Shimon Hatzadik streets, close to the Border Police headquarters on Route 1, and then continued driving along the tracks, hitting several cars along the way until finally crashing to a halt. Akary then got out of his commercial van and began attacking a group of policemen with a metal bar before Border Police at the scene shot and killed him.
Later that evening, three IDF soldiers were hit by a van in the Gush Etzion region. The incident was initially thought to be nationalistically motivated, but after the prime suspect turned himself in on Thursday, military sources indicated the incident may have been an accident and not, as previously suspected, a terror attack. The sources maintained that all possible motives were still being examined.