Three Israeli Soldiers Wounded in Suspected West Bank Terror Attack

Another vehicular terrorist attack is believed to have taken place in Gush Etzion, hours after attack in Jerusalem in which one was killed, 13 wounded.

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A road block set in the area of the West Bank attack, November 5, 2014.
A road block set in the area of the West Bank attack, November 5, 2014. Credit: Emil Salman

Three soldiers have been wounded in a suspected vehicular terror attack in the West Bank, just hours after one person was killed and 13 wounded in a similar attack in Jerusalem.

The scene of the attack in the West Bank. Credit: Magen David Adom Spokesperson's Unit

Two of the soldiers were moderately wounded and one seriously when they were hit by a car. Magen David Adom rescue services were evacuating the soldiers to Hadassah Hospital at Ein Karem with chest injuries, bruises and limb fractures.

The incident took place on Route 60 near the town of Al-Arroub in the Gush Etzion bloc. The soldiers were hit by the vehicle when they were standing by a pillbox guard tower. After hitting them, the vehicle drove away to the south.

Road blocks have been set up in the area. The vehicle was later found, but the driver wasn't in it.

In Wednesday's earlier attack, a Border Police officer was killed and at least 13 wounded after a commercial vehicle drove into a crowd of people on Shimon Hatzadik Street, near East Jerusalem.

The driver of the vehicle, Ibrahim al-Akri, was shot and killed by a police officer.

The Border Police officer killed was identified as Jadan Assad from the Druze town of Beit Jan in the Galilee. Assad's funeral will be held Thursday at 1:00 P.M. in his hometown of Beit Jann, where he will be buried in the military section of the local cemetery.

Of the other casualties, three were reported to be in critical condition and four in moderate condition. They include additional Border Police officers.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon both held Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas responsible for the attack, saying that it was a result of his "incitement." The prime minister was set to hold a security assessment meeting at 8:30 P.M.

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