Car rams checkpoint, injures 2 cops near Jerusalem
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Car rams checkpoint, injures 2 cops near Jerusalem

After initial fear of terror attack, police say suspect who sped off after lightly injuring two officers is a car thief

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

Illustrative: Medics from the Magen David Adom ambulance service treat an Israel Police officer and border guard that were injured when a car rammed through a checkpoint outside of Jerusalem on October 13, 2016. (Magen David Adom)
Illustrative: Medics from the Magen David Adom ambulance service treat an Israel Police officer and border guard that were injured when a car rammed through a checkpoint outside of Jerusalem on October 13, 2016. (Magen David Adom)

A Border Police officer and Israel Police officer were lightly injured when their vehicles were hit by a car as it sped through a checkpoint outside of Jerusalem, according to officials.

Police said the suspect was a car thief. Earlier, police had said they were investigating the cause of the crashes at al-Za’im junction, between Jerusalem and the Maale Adumim settlement, to determine if the incident was a terror attack.

The two officer, both in their forties, received treatment on the scene from the Magen David Adom ambulance service, before being taken to Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus, an MDA spokesperson said.

The vehicle had approached the checkpoint “quickly,” from the a-Tur neighborhood of Jerusalem, traveling against traffic, police said.

When the driver saw that Border Police had set up a roadblock, he slammed his car first into a police cruiser and then into a Border Police officer’s jeep, police said.

The car then sped off.

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