Monday, September 22, 2008

Tzahal Square Car Attack

Three times is definitely a trend, and there has been a third use of a vehicle to commit a terrorist attack in Jerusalem:
"At least 19 people were wounded at around 11 P.M. Monday night when a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem drove his car into a crowd of Israel Defense Forces soldiers at a busy intersection in the capital...

"Most of the wounded were IDF troops on their way to the Western Wall to mark the upcoming Jewish New Year when the attack at the Tzahal intersection, close to the Old City, took place. Jerusalem Police Commander Ilan Franco said the driver of the black BMW was shot and killed by an IDF officer who was among the crowd targeted in the attack. Franco said the driver was apparently acting alone...

"A previously unknown group claimed responsibility for the attack, Channel 2 television said."

The "previously unknown group," which usually denotes a gang of amateurs, is a troubling implication of this trend. No longer do terrorists need a support network that can obtain explosives and build bombs.



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