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One Israeli killed, 5 hurt as excavator rams Jerusalem bus

© AFP/File | File photo shows Israeli police standing guard in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud on March 21, 2014File photo shows Israeli police standing guard in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud on March 21, 2014

One Israeli was killed and five others injured Monday when an excavator rammed into a Jerusalem bus, turning it over before the driver was shot dead by police, officials said.

The incident took place on the seamline between east and west Jerusalem and came as Israel pressed a major military campaign in Gaza which has killed more than 1,800 Palestinians.

Police said the excavator had overturned a bus, prompting two police officers who were in the vicinity to open fire, killing the driver and foiling what they described as a "terrorist attack".

"He hit a bus and turned it onto its side and as a result three people were lightly injured who were on the bus," Jerusalem police chief Yossi Pariente told reporters at the scene, adding that the bus was nearly empty when it was hit.

"Two police happened to be in the area ... they got out of their car and fired at the (excavator) and as a result (the driver) was killed," he said.

Emergency services spokesman Zaki Heller said one person had been killed and five hurt in the attack.

"A 25-year-old man was run over by the excavator and killed, and the bus driver was moderately to lightly injured," he told AFP, saying another four people were lightly hurt in the incident.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri identified the victim as a 25-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jew resident in Jerusalem.

She said the driver was a Palestinian from Jabal Mukaber in annexed Arab east Jerusalem.

At the scene, the driver's body could be seen lying on the ground covered with a white plastic bag and a prayer rug, an AFP correspondent said.

Nearby, the bulldozer's windshield was completely destroyed.