Jerusalem (The Times of Israel) — At least 12 soldiers were wounded, including one seriously, in a suspected car-ramming terror attack in Jerusalem early Thursday morning, police and medics said.
The incident occurred shortly before 2 a.m. on Jerusalem’s David Remez Street near the First Station, a popular entertainment hub. Police said the driver of the vehicle fled the scene and “a large force of officers were carrying out searches.”
The car was later found abandoned in the town of Beit Jala outside Bethlehem, but the driver remained at large as of Thursday morning, police said. (A more recent report from the Times of Israel says the attacker has been arrested by IDF troops and has been identified as a man from East Jerusalem who runs a flower shop.)
The military initially barred publication of the fact that the victims were soldiers until the families of the wounded could be notified.
IDF Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman said the troops were members of the Golani Brigade who were at the First Station during a “heritage tour” ahead of an early morning swearing-in ceremony at the Western Wall.