Truck Attack Foiled in Samaria

Palestinian terrorist attempts to ram truck into police officers at Samaria checkpoint in latest in car attack. None hurt.

Uzi Baruch and Tova Dvorin ,

IDF checkpoint (illustrative)
IDF checkpoint (illustrative)
Flash 90

A serious car terror attack was narrowly averted Sunday morning, after a Palestinian terrorist stole a truck and attempted to ram it into police. 

The Central Police District first began following the stolen truck as it made its way east on Highway 55. 

Officers mobilized the Samaria central checkpoint to apprehend the thief - setting up a makeshift post on the main traffic thruway leading from Kfar Saba, in the west, to Shechem (Nablus) in Samaria, in the east. 

As the truck approached, however, it began careening toward the police officers. In seconds it became clear that the driver had no intention of slowing down, and an officer fired a few warning shots into the air. 

The tactic worked, partially; the driver immediately braked and began to flee on foot, with police officers trailing behind. After a few minutes, police successfully apprehended the driver, arresting him. 

The driver, who was found to be a Palestinian resident of Kafr Tamun in Samaria, was taken into custody by Samaria District police in Ariel. 

Police report that the suspect may have hit a private vehicle during the joyride, lightly injuring a civilian. The incident is now under thorough investigation. 

Arabic social media sites have been circulating countless images, cartoons and even music videos encouraging people to run over Israeli Jews, in a campaign of incitement urging others to mount attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians.

Several such 'car attacks' have been launched in the past several weeks, in Jerusalem and in Gush Etzion.