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Border cop hit by car, lightly injured at checkpoint near Jerusalem

Police say incident at Qalandiya crossing not suspected as terrorism; driver flees scene, is later apprehended

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Israeli security forces guard at the Qalandiya Checkpoint near Ramallah on July 26, 2016. (Flash90)
Israeli security forces guard at the Qalandiya Checkpoint near Ramallah on July 26, 2016. (Flash90)

A Border Police officer was lightly injured when he was hit by a car Thursday afternoon at the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem, authorities said Thursday.

Police said the driver came from the direction of Jerusalem and managed to flee the scene after hitting the border cop. Officers later said the incident was criminal rather than a terror attack.

A suspect, a resident of East Jerusalem, was arrested Thursday evening after a manhunt, police said.

The Magen David Adom emergency service said the victim, in his early 20s, suffered injuries to his head and limbs. He was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center for further treatment.

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