Knife in hand, Palestinian slams car into bus stop, is shot dead
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Knife in hand, Palestinian slams car into bus stop, is shot dead

No Israelis injured as truck smashes into protective bollards outside Kochav Yaakov settlement in apparent terror attempt

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

Israeli forensic policemen and security forces inspect the site where a Palestinian man drove at a bus stop in an attempted car-ramming attack before being shot dead, near the West Bank settlement of Adam, east of the West Bank city of Ramallah, on January 25, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI)
Israeli forensic policemen and security forces inspect the site where a Palestinian man drove at a bus stop in an attempted car-ramming attack before being shot dead, near the West Bank settlement of Adam, east of the West Bank city of Ramallah, on January 25, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI)

IDF troops shot dead a Palestinian man who rammed his car into a West Bank bus stop north of Jerusalem on Wednesday evening, the army said.

Upon searching the car, the soldiers found the driver to be holding a knife, the military said.

The Israeli civilians and soldiers who were standing at the bus stop were uninjured.

According to the army, the driver swerved from his lane and crashed his truck into the metal bollards surrounding a bus stop near the Kochav Yaakov settlement in the central West Bank, south-east of Ramallah.

Israeli troops who were stationed nearby opened fire, killing the Palestinian man.

A vehicle used in a suspected car-ramming attack at bus stop near a West Bank settlement on January 25, 2017 (screen capture: YouTube)
A vehicle used in a suspected car-ramming attack at bus stop near a West Bank settlement on January 25, 2017 (screen capture: YouTube)

The driver was later identified by the Palestinian health ministry as Hussein Salem Abu Ghosh, 24, from Qalandiya.

Abu Ghosh is the cousin of a terrorist, also named Hussein Abu Ghosh from the Qalandiya refugee camp, who killed 23-year-old Shlomit Krigman and injured another woman in the Beit Horon settlementexactly one year ago.

In the attack on January 25, 2016, Abu Ghosh and 23-year-old Ibrahim Al’an sneaked into the settlement, just off the Route 443 highway between Jerusalem and Modiin, and attacked Krigman and the other victim with knives, before they were shot dead by a security guard.

Krigman was fatally wounded in the attack and died the next day.

Car ramming and knife attacks have been a fixture of a swell of deadly violence in Israel and the West Bank over the past 18 months, and sporadic attacks have persisted even as the wave of violence has somewhat subsided in recent months.

Two weeks ago, four soldiers were killed and 17 were injured in a car-ramming attack in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem when a terrorist rammed his truck into a group of people, the majority of them army cadets, who were touring the capital.

The terrorist, 28-year-old Fadi al-Qadr from Jabel Mukaber, was shot dead at the scene.

Last week, a policeman was killed after a Bedouin driver rammed into officers attempting to secure an area ahead of home demolitions in the Negev town of Umm al-Hiran. Israeli officials have maintained the incident was an intentional terror attack, but questions have been raised as to whether the driver, who was killed, was shot before speeding into the group, causing him to lose control of his vehicle.

Dov Lieber contributed to this report.

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