A 17-year-old boy who was critically wounded in Wednesday’s car-ramming terror attack in Jerusalem died of his wounds on Friday, raising to two the number of people killed in the attack.
Yeshiva student Shalom Ba’adani had been on his way to the Western Wall when 48-year-old Ibrahim al-Akary plowed into pedestrians at a light rail station along the seam-line between East and West Jerusalem. Ba’adani, a nephew of prominent Shas Rabbi Shimon Ba’adani, sustained serious head injuries and was treated at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem before succumbing to his wounds.
Ba’adani was laid to rest late Friday morning at a funeral attended by senior Shas figures.
Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack in which a Border Policeman was also killed and more than a dozen other people were injured. The Islamist terror organization, which rules the Gaza Strip, also called for a Third Intifada in Jerusalem.
Thousands attended the funeral Thursday for the slain Border Police officer, Jedan Assad, in the northern Druze village of Beit Jann.
“An entire life was cut short because of terror and its cruelty,” Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said at the ceremony. “This murderous terror, which originated with the Palestinian Authority and the leaders of Hamas and of the Islamic Movement, succeeded in reaching Beit Jann.”
“It is with pride and honor that officers like Jedan serve in the Israel Police,” added police chief Yohanan Danino. “It’s a credit to the state and a credit to society that these are their police officers.”
Assad, 38, was a father to a three-year-old son, and his wife is five months’ pregnant.
Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri tweeted a message of support for the attack. “We join hands with those who avenge the blood of those injured in al-Aqsa,” he wrote, referring to the Temple Mount riots.
The Islamic Jihad terror group described the attack as “heroic” and said it was the response of the Palestinian people to continued attacks on the al-Aqsa Mosque, Israel Radio reported.
The Palestinian Ma’an news agency identified the terrorist as 48-year-old Ibrahim al-Akary, from Shuafat in East Jerusalem.
Police said the driver hit pedestrians at a light rail station on the corner of Bar Lev and Shimon Hatzadik streets, close to the Border Police headquarters on Route 1, and then continued driving along the tracks, hitting several cars along the way until finally crashing to a halt.
Akary got out of his commercial van and began attacking a group of policemen with a metal bar before Border Police at the scene shot and killed him.
The attacker’s brother, Musa Muhammad al-Akary, served 19 years in an Israeli prison for the 1992 kidnapping and murder of IDF soldier Nissim Toledano. He was released in the 2011 deal that freed IDF soldier Gilad Shalit from Hamas captivity, and was expelled to Turkey.
The incident came amid increasing violence in East Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount, where there have been clashes between security forces and Palestinian rioters.
Stuart Winer contributed to this report.
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