A witness to Tuesday morning’s deadly attack in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv, in which two terrorists boarded a bus and proceeded to shoot and stab passengers, said the attackers tried to commandeer the bus to continue their killing spree.
Golan Cohen Gabbai, who arrived at the scene as the attack was unfolding, said he saw one of the terrorists sitting in the driver’s seat.
Gabbai said he overtook the bus with his car and blocked it, forcing the driver to stop.
One of the terrorists “opened the doors and wanted to come at me with a knife,” he said. “I shut the car windows and stayed put. He ran to the back and came back with a gun. When I saw that, I intended to flee but I managed to delay him” until security forces arrived at the scene.
Gabbai said that the only thing that stopped the terrorists from hijacking the bus was the inability of the one who sat in the driver’s seat to figure out how to disable the handbrake.
Gabbai said they kept the doors closed and prevented passengers from leaving while one of them continued his stabbing spree.
Two male passengers were killed in the attack — Haviv Haim, 78, who died at the scene, and a 45-year-old man who died in the hospital — and three others suffered gunshot wounds in the combined shooting and stabbing attack on Egged bus 78.
The two terrorists were shot by security forces. Bahaa Allyan, 23, Jabel Mukaber was killed at the scene. The other terrorist, also from Jabel Mukaber, was taken into custody.
That attack was followed moments later by a combined car-ramming and stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Makor Baruch neighborhood where a Palestinian terrorist plowed his car into a group of people at a bus stop and then proceeded to hack an elderly Israeli man to death before being shot dead.
The victim was later named as Rabbi Yeshaye Krishevsky, 60.
Two other stabbing attacks occurred on Tuesday — bringing the total to four — both of them in the central city of Ra’anana. Five Israelis were injured in those attacks. Both terrorists were wounded and taken into custody.