State Dept. Confirms Baby Killed in Jerusalem Light Rail Attack Was U.S. Citizen

Spokeswoman Jen Psaki says U.S. officials in Jerusalem are assisting the family of three-month-old Haya Zissel-Brown following Wednesday's deadly attack.

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Israeli police officers inspect a car at the scene of an attack in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Credit: AP
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Three-month-old Haya Zissel-Brown, who was killed in Jerusalem when a Palestinian man slammed his car into pedestrians was an American, the U.S. State Department confirmed on Thursday.

Seven other people were hurt Wednesday when the driver crashed the vehicle at a light railway stop and then fled before being shot by police. He later succumbed to wounds.

The driver was identified as Abdel Rahman Al-Shaludi, a Palestinian resident of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, who in the past served prison time for security offenses.

"The baby was an American citizen," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters in a briefing on Thursday. She gave no other details on the infant or the family, citing privacy concerns. U.S. officials in Jerusalem are assisting the family, she added.

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