Daily Israel Report

Photo Essay: Bulldozer Terrorist Killed on Begin Highway

A quick-thinking taxi driver and two police officers killed a bulldozer terrorist on Jerusalem's Begin Highway Thursday afternoon. INN was there.
By Hana Levi Julian
First Publish: 3/5/2009, 3:03 PM

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A quick-thinking taxi driver and two police officers stopped a bulldozer terrorist from carrying out what he hoped would be a murderous rampage on Jerusalem's Menachem Begin Highway Thursday afternoon.

Security and medical first responder personnel rushed to the scene within seconds
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Site of the attack was on the highway itself
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Shovel of the bulldozer is the most dangerous weapon
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The two police officers, who were in a patrol vehicle, hung on as the car was flipped over twice by the tractor terrorist, who then attempted to ram into a bus, but missed. He succeeded in hitting two other vehicles.

The bus was carrying a group of girls who had dressed up as 'medical clowns' to a children's ward in a hospital where they were to entertain the sick children.

The bulldozer plowed into this vehicle after slamming into the police car
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Despite their injuries, the police and an armed cab driver fired at the terrorist, mortally wounding him. The would-be murderer died of his wounds shortly afterwards at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in the capital.

Terrorist is taken to the ambulance on a stretcher
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The two officers suffered lacerations and were both listed in good condition at the same hospital.

Police officer checks the cab of the bulldozer after the attack
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Several other people were treated for severe emotional trauma as well.

A friend comforts a shock victim at the scene of the attack
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Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat visited the trauma victims at the hospitals, reassuring them of the well-being of the bus passengers and police.

Moving the bulldozer out of the way
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Battered vehicle bears testimony to attempted attack
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The bulldozer was the attempted murder weapon
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