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Palestinian driver 'deliberately' injures two Israeli policemen

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Video by Nicolas GERMAIN

Latest update : 2009-04-18

A Palestinian driver has injured two Israeli policemen near a Jewish settlement on the West Bank by deliberately running them down, according to police sources. The 37-year-old driver admitted his plan had been to kill the police officers.

AFP - Two Israeli police officers were injured on Saturday when a Palestinian ran them down near a Jewish settlement outside Jerusalem in the latest incident of cars being used as weapons, police said.
  
"Two police officers were injured, one lightly in the legs but the other more seriously in the head, when a Palestinian man drove at them deliberately in his vehicle," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.
  
He said the incident occurred at the Hezmeh checkpoint near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank north of Jerusalem.
  
"The 37-year-old Palestinian was arrested and said when questioned that his plan had been to kill the police officers," Rosenfeld added.
  
He said the injured officers were taken to a Jerusalem hospital where their condition was reported as satisfactory.
  
Army radio reported that the man behind the attack was from Azarya in the West Bank, and that he had run down the two police in a Mercedes car.
  
It said that after admitting he had intended to kill the pair he later said under interrogation that he had acted on the spur of the moment.
  
On April 7, Israeli police killed a Palestinian they said tried to drive into a checkpoint near an occupied east Jerusalem village after authorities razed the home of the man behind a bulldozer attack last year.
  
The incident took place shortly after police demolished the house of Hossam Dwayyat, who went on a rampage in west Jerusalem last June, killing three Israelis.
  
On Friday a Palestinian armed with a knife was shot dead in the West Bank settlement of Beit Hagai near Hebron by guards who said he was planning to carry out an attack.
  
A military spokesman said that before being killed, the man slightly wounded a settler who chased him.
  
On April 2, a Palestinian man with an axe rampaged through the Bat Ayin settlement near Bethlehem, killing a 13-year-old Israeli boy and wounding a seven-year-old before fleeing.
  
Rosenfeld also told AFP on Saturday that a group of tourists had been attacked in Jerusalem by a knife-wielding man.
  
"On Friday, in the old city of Jerusalem, a Palestinian lightly wounded four tourists with a knife," he said. "He then tried to hide in a nearby restaurant where he was arrested by border guards.
  
"Investigators are continuing to question him to find out if it was a purely criminal act or one with nationalistic motives."
  
Thousands of tourists are thronging the old city for the annual "holy fire" ceremony over the Orthodox Easter weekend.
  
The news website Ynet reported that the attack was in the Via Dolorosa and that "investigators are not ruling out the possibility that it was an act of terror."

Date created : 2009-04-18

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