JERUSALEM—A terrorist plowed a commercial van into a crowd of people waiting at a Jerusalem light-rail station stop near the Old City on Wednesday afternoon, killing an Israeli Border Police officer and injuring more than a dozen more, some seriously. A second attack took place in the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank south of Jerusalem in the early evening, when a driver mowed down three Israeli Defense Forces soldiers on duty at a guard station, injuring one seriously.

Border Police officer Jidan Assad, 38, from the Druze village of Beit Jaan was killed in the afternoon attack. Fourteen others were injured at the light-rail station, including three other Border Police officers who suffered serious wounds.

The killer, identified as Ibrahim al-Akary, 48, a member of Hamas who lived in the nearby Shuafat neighborhood, was shot and killed by police at the scene.

The attack took place at a light-rail station on the corner of Bar Lev and Shimon Hatzadik streets. The terrorist continued driving along the tracks, hitting several cars along the way. After crashing into another vehicle, al-Akary got out of the commercial van with a metal bar and began attacking a group of police officers before border police at the scene shot and killed him.

According to Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, both pedestrians and police officers were injured in the Jerusalem attack.

In the West Bank incident, terrorists driving a Palestinian Arab commercial vehicle tried to run down soldiers who were on duty near the village of Kfar Al-Arub.

The three IDF soldiers injured in the West Bank have been evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. One was critically wounded with chest and limb injuries. The driver of the van fled from the scene, going southward. Police and the IDF are searching for the perpetrators.

Israeli soldiers seen near an ambulance evacuating those who were injured when a Palestinian driver rammed into the soldiers near the West Bank village of Al Aroub, near the Gush Etzion junction outside of Jerusalem. (Photo: Gershon Elinson/Flash90)
Israeli soldiers seen near an ambulance evacuating those who were injured when a Palestinian driver rammed into the soldiers near the West Bank village of Al Aroub, near the Gush Etzion junction outside of Jerusalem. (Photo: Gershon Elinson/Flash90)