Police say Acre car-ramming a nationalistic terror attack
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Police say Acre car-ramming a nationalistic terror attack

Authorities say they know identity of driver, reportedly from Arab town of Shfaram, who injured 3 soldiers and a civilian in vehicular rampage

Scene of a suspected car-ramming attack in the northern Israeli city of Acre on March 4, 2018. (United Hatzalah)
Scene of a suspected car-ramming attack in the northern Israeli city of Acre on March 4, 2018. (United Hatzalah)

Police on Sunday said a car-ramming in the northern city of Acre in which two soldiers, a border guard and a civilian were lightly injured was a nationalistically motivated terror attack.

“The investigation of the incident, as well as the findings from the scene and documentary materials, indicate that this was a nationalistic attack,” police said in a statement.

Police say they know the identity of the driver, who is reported to be an Arab Israeli man from the town of Shfaram. They did not release any identifying characteristic.

The police statement came after earlier reports attributed the incident to road rage following a parking ticket.

“The driver got a ticket for NIS 1,000 ($290) for parking in a handicapped spot. He got annoyed and went up on the sidewalk [and] then struck a traffic light and some bushes and ran over a border guard,” eyewitness Shimon Cohen told the Ynet news site.

One victim was hit by the car outside the Acre city market. The driver then continued toward a train station and hit the other two victims, before he was shot and stopped by an armed soldier who was at the scene.

The three injured servicemen were all said to be in their 20s, while the injured civilian was said to be a 51-year-old man. Medics said all three victims were lightly wounded.

It was not immediately clear when the civilian victim was hit by the car.

The aftermath of a suspected car-ramming attack in the northern city of Acre on March 4, 2018. (Magen David Adom)

All four were hit by the Hyundai SUV, according to a spokesperson for the Magen David Adom ambulance service.

They were taken to the Galilee Medical Center in nearby Nahariya, along with the moderately-to-seriously injured driver, by the Magen David Adom ambulance service, police said.

Graphic security camera footage showed the ramming next to the market. A soldier can be seen crossing the street, when the Hyundai SUV drives into him at full speed.

Video footage from outside the train station, filmed by a bystander with his smartphone, showed the driver hopping the curb and driving onto a patch of grass as he hit the pair of servicemen.

The driver turns back in an apparent attempt to hit the soldiers again, and then returns to the road and flees the scene as police arrive.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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