07/02/2008, 00.00
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Bulldozer drives into Jerusalem bus killing three, wounding dozens

Responsibility for the attack has not yet been claimed. A Palestinian from East Jerusalem killed by police was driving the vehicle. Cars are also hit.

Jerusalem (AsiaNews) – A Palestinian from Jerusalem ploughed the bulldozer he was driving into a bus on Jaffa Street in downtown Jerusalem shortly after noon Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding dozens more. The Egged bus, which turned over, was hit along with other vehicles and pedestrians along the way.

Police shot and killed the driver who was in possession of an Israeli identification card.

Police say the attack appears to have been politically motivated, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility. A state of emergency was declared in Jerusalem.

The attack set off a panic in downtown Jerusalem.

The incident marked was the first terror attack in Jerusalem since a gunman killed eight Yeshiva students in March.

The attack came nearly two weeks into a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

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