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Thursday, November 06, 2014 

Another car attack at the light railway stations

There was another car assault committed at one of the light rail stations in Jerusalem, with one person murdered and the jihadist shot dead:
Terror in the heart of Jerusalem, again. An Arab terrorist intentionally ran his vehicle into a crowd of people near the Shimon Hatzadik light rail station early Wednesday afternoon, killing one person and wounding at least 13 others. The terrorist was shot dead by security forces shortly afterward.

Three people were seriously wounded, five suffered moderate wounds, and five others were lightly wounded. The wounded were all transported to hospitals across Jerusalem for medical treatment.

Border Police officers who were in the area pursued the terrorist, who eventually emerged from his vehicle carrying a metal bar and tried to attack security personnel before being shot and killed.

The Shimon Hatzadik light rail station is located at the intersection of Bar-Lev Boulevard and Shimon Hatzadik Street.

In addition to pedestrians, a number of cars were also hit by the terrorist's vehicle.
The victim was a Druze border policeman. Following this latest horrific incident, the authorities decided to put concrete barriers at the stations to guard against vehicles running across the platforms and hitting people. As for the terrorist, it's been reported that the "refugee camp" he came from is a terrorist stronghold:
The Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem, home of Ibrahim Akari, the perpetrator of an attack that killed one and wounded 13 in the capital on Wednesday, has been the source of many of the terror attacks in recent months in the Jerusalem area, security sources say.

The refugee camp has become a fertile ground for terrorists because of its proximity to the West Bank, even though it is regarded as a neighborhood in Jerusalem, they note. The Israel Defense Forces do not operate there because it is within the Jerusalem city limits, although practically speaking the separation barrier running through the area has cut it off from the city. Conversely, because it is beyond the fence, the police rarely enter.

Ever since the killing in early July of Mohammed Abu Khdeir of the Shuafat neighborhood (which is distinct from the refugee camp), there has been a marked increase in violent incidents in the area. In August, a Border Police undercover unit captured a sniper operating in Shuafat, while in September there were additional incidents of shooting at homes in the nearby Jewish neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev.

“There is a copycat atmosphere,” said a security source. Whenever something happens, he said, “there is a concern that someone will do something similar.”

According to the Shin Bet security service, before July, there was an average of eight violent incidents a month in the city, while in July there were 89 attacks, including four explosive devices and one shooting. In August there were 69 attacks, including a shooting, a run-over attack and an incident involving an explosive device. In September there were 25 attacks.

The Shin Bet does not count stone-throwing incidents unless they cause injury. According to Shin Bet statistics, since 2010 there have been nine vehicular attacks, mostly in Jerusalem.

The Jerusalem Police said the Jerusalem-bound entrance to the Shuafat refugee camp is monitored at all times. “Border Police fighters operate regularly in the refugee camp, expel illegal residents and arrest lawbreakers,” the police said. “This is in addition to the intelligence and operational activities of the Jerusalem District’s central unit and the undercover work by special units.”
Obviously, they're going to have to go in there and make a through search. It's not enough to wall it all off.

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