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Bulldozer attack hits Jerusalem
Second such attack in a month wounds 20 people as assailant is shot dead.
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2008 17:19 GMT

Twenty people were wounded in the attack [AFP]

A driver of a construction vehicle has wounded 20 people after going on a rampage in west Jerusalem, before he was shot dead.

The driver rammed into cars and a city bus in the Jewish area of the city on Tuesday, police said.

The attack was the second such incident in west Jerusalem in three weeks. Three weeks ago, a similar attack took place in Jerusalem and left four people dead.

The Palestinian attacker smashed into vehicles and pedestrians before being shot and killed.

A police spokesperson said: "The bulldozer driver left a construction site, and hit two cars.

"A civilian who saw what was happening shot him."

Copycat incident

Police identified the perpetrator of Tuesday's attack as Ghassan Abu Teir, a Palestinian resident of occupied east Jerusalem.

Al Jazeera's David Chater, reporting from Jerusalem, said that according to police, the assailant had a criminal record.

"This attack was very similar to the one carried out three weeks ago, and has stirred debate as to how the authorities here should respond to such incidents. There have been calls to demolish this man's house, but people are asking whether it is right to punish the family of this 22-year-old man," he said.

While Abu Teir was not known to be part of a wider group, the Hamas movement based in the Gaza Strip labelled the attack as a "natural reaction to the crimes of the [Israeli] occupation".

However, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, said he "condemned and rejected" the attack and said such incidents "hurt our reputation and peace in general".

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
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