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Border cop lightly hurt by fleeing car at East Jerusalem checkpoint

Police say vehicle failed to stop for inspection, hitting officer as it fled into Issawiya; unclear if incident was terror attack

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

Illustrative photo of Border Police officers checking the papers of Palestinian drivers at a checkpoint, May 9, 2010. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of Border Police officers checking the papers of Palestinian drivers at a checkpoint, May 9, 2010. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

A Border Police officer sustained minor leg injuries Friday afternoon when he was hit by a car that failed to stop at a checkpoint in the East Jerusalem village of Issawiya.

“A Border Police unit stationed at the entrance to Issawiya tried to stop a red Mitsubishi car for inspection,” the police said in a statement. “The car did not respond to the officers’ direction and continued driving, putting the police there at risk.

“A policeman sustained minor leg injuries when he jumped out of the path of the fleeing vehicle,” the statement continued. “The policeman fired a sponge-tipped bullet at the vehicle, which continued into the village. Police are conducting a search to find the car, and the circumstances of the incident are under investigation.”

The police statement did not specify whether the incident was being treated as a nationalistic attack.

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