April 16, 2015 / 12:12 PM / 3 years ago

Palestinian rams car into bus stop, killing Israeli

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Police said on Thursday a Palestinian whose car struck people at a Jerusalem bus stop, killing an Israeli, appeared to have driven into them deliberately.

The brothers of Shalom Yohai Sherki mourn next to his body during his funeral in Jerusalem April 16, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Police had said earlier it was unclear whether the incident late on Wednesday was an attack or a traffic accident.

“The interrogation and initial findings strengthen suspicion this was a terrorist incident,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

The car’s driver, a 37-year-old Palestinian from Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem, was treated in hospital for light injuries and then taken for questioning.

Two Israelis were struck by the vehicle and one of them, a 26-year-old man, died later in hospital, Rosenfeld said. The other, a woman, was badly injured.

The attack took place on the opposite side of an intersection in East Jerusalem where last year a car slammed into commuters waiting at a tram stop, killing three people, including a baby. Its Palestinian driver was shot dead by police.

Along the same main route through the city last month, a Palestinian motorist rammed his vehicle into a group of people standing near a tram stop, injuring at least five. He was shot and wounded by police.

Reporting by Maayan Lubell and Ori Lewis; Editing by Jeffrey Hellern and Andrew Roche

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