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Car Ramming Attack in Jerusalem Injures Five

On Wednesday Israel will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding.
The car hit people near the busy Machane Yehuda market area. Reuters
The car hit people near the busy Machane Yehuda market area. Reuters

On Monday afternoon as Israelis observed Memorial Day, a car-ramming terror attack near Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market left five people wounded, according to police.

Amateur video of the incident captured an armed pedestrian shooting into the car's window to halt the attack. The police said in a statement that "a citizen who witnessed the incident and was near the scene shot and neutralized the terrorist, and later he was declared dead at the scene." The police further said that the terror suspect "accelerated and deliberately hit a number of pedestrians, some of whom were crossing the road."

The Palestinian driver was identified by local media reports as 39-year-old Hatem Najma, a father of five from the Beit Safafa neighborhood in Jerusalem. He had no known prior security offenses, but it was reported that he may have had a history of mental health issues.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement that said "These terrorist attacks come with the expectation that they will overcome us and will uproot us from here, and if they could, they would murder us all. But they will not overcome us; we will overcome them."

Several Palestinian groups released statements praising the attack.

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