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Israelis wounded in Jerusalem 'terror attack' by Palestinian motorist

Thomas Coex, AFP I Police cordoned off the street near where the suspected terror attack took place
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A Palestinian motorist rammed his vehicle into a group of pedestrians standing near a Jerusalem tram stop on Friday, injuring at least four, Israeli police said.

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The incident, which police are treating as a suspected terrorist attack, occurred on a main road near to East Jerusalem, the predominantly Arab side of the city, close to an Israeli border police station.

"A young man rammed his car (into pedestrians), and then got out and tried to stab people" before being shot and wounded by an armed security guard, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement.

"Four people were injured," she added, describing the incident as a "terrorist attack".

It took place outside an Israeli border police station on the line separating west and east Jerusalem.

Paramedics said they were treating five people for injuries after the attack.

The incident took place close to a spate of similar attacks late last year when Palestinian drivers rammed their cars into people waiting at tram stops. In those attacks, three people were killed and approximately a dozen wounded.

Friday's attack raised tensions in Jerusalem ahead of an Israeli snap general election, and came a day after the Palestinian leadership said it would end security cooperation with the Jewish state in the occupied Palestinian territories.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS and AFP)

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