Police strongly suspect J’lem crash was terror attack

Police suspicion is growing that a traffic collision in which one Israeli was killed and another young woman was badly injured was in fact a terror attack.

On Wednesday evening, Khaled Koutina, 37, from the village of Anata, rammed Shalom Sherki and another woman, both in their twenties, who were waiting at a bus stop in northern Jerusalem. Both were badly injured, and Sherki later succumbed to his wounds. He was the brother of Channel 2 political analyst Yair Sherki and the son of Rabbi Uri Sherki.

Police and the Shin Bet security service interrogated Koutina but were initially reluctant to say whether he lost control of his vehicle or ran over the two pedestrians deliberately.

This morning police brought Koutina to the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court with a request to extend his remand. Before the hearing police officials said they now had more reason to suspect Koutina ran over the two as a nationalistically based terror attack.

Sherki’s funeral will begin at 5 p.m. at the Sephardi funeral home in Givat Shaul, in Jerusalem.

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