[Video below.] Two separate attacks hit Yerushalayim in a matter of minutes this morning, when two men attempted to stab passengers on a bus before being shot and a car rammed into a group of people in Geulah.
One person was killed and another wounded as a driver rammed into a crowd on Rechov Malchei Israel in the Makor Baruch neighborhood in the center of the city. The attacker reportedly stepped out of the crashed vehicle and attempted to stab the wounded. He was subdued by police, but was not killed.
In a separate incident minutes earlier, two male passengers were killed — a 60-year-old who died at the scene, and a 45-year-old who died in the hospital — and three others suffered gunshot wounds in a combined shooting and stabbing attack on Egged bus 78 in the neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv in southern Jerusalem.
Two assailants were involved in the Armon Hanatziv attack, and were shot and subdued by police. One terrorist was said to have been killed, and the other was caught by police.
Some 15 people were said to have been injured in the attack.
In Ra’anana, a man stabbed four people with a knife on Jerusalem Boulevard. One was in serious condition with stab wounds to the upper body. The three other victims were lightly injured.
The attacker was arrested.
The attacks follows just hours after another stabbing attack in Raanana, in which a man was lightly injured when stabbed while standing at a bus stop on the central Ahuza thoroughfare in the city.
The victim, 32, suffered light wounds to his upper body in the incident, a spokesperson for the Magen David Adom rescue service said.
The attacker was taken into custody with serious injuries after being beaten by passersby to stop the attack, police and MDA officials said.
Police confirmed he had not been shot.
According to an initial police investigation, the attacker, a 22-year-old East Jerusalem resident, approached a man at a bus stop and stabbed him. Passersby pounced on the attacker, subduing him until police arrived.
The Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway was closed at approximately 10:40 a.m. due to a police operation reportedly intended to apprehend the man who drove the first Ra’anana attacker to the city. Another major route into the capital, Route 443, was closed as well, but was re-opened in the eastward direction a short while later.
A reported stabbing Tuesday in central Holon was determined to be a criminal matter and not a terror attack.
Shortly after the lethal car attack on Geula’s Malachei Yisrael Street, which took place in central Jerusalem even as a bus was attacked in the capital’s southeast, Arutz Sheva arrived on scene to hear eyewitness testimony from the terrorist attack.
One eyewitness, Meir, said, “I got on my bike with a friend a moment before it happened. I just told him about the terror attacks that happened yesterday and how frightening it is. We went up there, I told him it’s scary to ride a bike, I’m afraid an Arab will come and run us over. I just happened to say that to him.”
His comment just a moment before Bezeq telephone company employee Alaa Abu Jamal rammed his company car into pedestrians before exiting with a knife drawn, murdering one victim named as Rabbi Yeshiyahu Krishevsky and lightly wounding another.
“A minute later I hear a huge boom, we turned around and I told him let’s get off (the bikes). We went back and right away I saw…wounded Jews covered in blood, and the terrorist was there, someone had a handgun and he fired off a shot (at the terrorist). He was still moving and there was a knife on the ground,” said Meir, noting the terrorist had gotten out of his car.
“He got out of the car to stab, I don’t know if he managed to stab or not. The army came right away, they gave him another ten bullets or so. A second earlier I had been there and I was saved by a miracle. It was scary.”
Speaking about the emotional impact of the terror, Meir said, “it’s frightening to walk around the streets. Every second you look around saying ‘who’s that, who are they, he looks Arab.’ I’m afraid to take two steps in the street.”
The witness said that Rabbi Krishevsky was “someone who buys from me all the time at the store here,” noting the murdered man was a regular customer at the store where he sells roasted seeds and nuts.
“I identified him, they sent me a picture immediately and I knew it was him, he bought from me all the time. It’s just scary, we’ve had enough.”
Times of Israel, INN