Jerusalem Vehicular Attack Claims Second Victim

17-year-old Shalom Badani, who was wounded Wednesday after a van rammed into pedestrians, is the son of a member of the Shas Council of Torah Sages.

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A 17-year-old youth wounded in a terror attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday succumbed to his wounds early Friday, raising the death toll from the attack to two.

Shalom Aharon Badani, a yeshiva student from the ultra-Orthodox Ramat Shlomo neighborhood, was wounded when a Palestinian driver rammed his van into a crowd of people standing in a light rail station on Shimon Hatzadik street, near East Jerusalem. The driver, Ibrahim al-Akri, then ploughed into a junction at Moshe Zaks Street, before exiting the vehicle and attacking people with a metal rod.

He was shot and killed by a police officer. The first casualty of the attack was Border Police officer Jadan Assad. Twelve others were wounded.

Bidani was the grandson of Rabbi Shimon Badani, a member of the Shas Council of Torah Sages, the ultra-Orthodox party's governing body. He died at Hadassah Hospital at Ein Karem. His funeral started at 11:00 A.M. at the Givat Shaul cemetery.

The police officer who shot the attacker spoke afterward about the incident on Wednesday: "The terrorist opened the door, got out with an iron bar, and started to hit cars and residents. When he saw us he ran toward us, and we shot him to neutralize him. I have no doubt that every fighter would have done the exact same thing."  

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