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    Israeli soldiers victim of latest truck terror attack


    Michele Chabin and Noga Tarnopolsky, Special for USA TODAY

    Published 7:33 a.m. ET Jan. 8, 2017 | Updated 12 minutes ago

    At least 4 people are dead after a truck slammed into a group of Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem. Police say the attacker, who was shot and killed, is from an Arab neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

    JERUSALEM — A truck slammed into a group of Israeli soldiers at a Jerusalem bus stop Sunday, killing four soldiers and wounding 17 other people before the Palestinian driver was fatally shot, police said about the latest round of deadly violence in more than a year.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while visiting the scene, said the attacker had been identified and “according to all the signs he was a supporter of the Islamic State.”

    He said there “definitely could be a connection” between Sunday’s incident and recent truck attacks into crowds in Berlin and in Nice, France, but did not offer any proof, the Associated Press reported.

    Police chief Roni Alsheich described the crash as a terror attack. He said the truck driver was from an Arab neighborhood in East Jerusalem. Police did not release the driver’s name.

    “You don’t need more than two to three seconds to find a terrorist target,” he told the Haaretz newspaper. “The soldiers at the scene reacted immediately and killed the attacker.”


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