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Suspected Palestinian motorist rams car into people near Jerusalem police station, injures 5

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JERUSALEM — A suspected Palestinian motorist rammed his car into a group of people near an Israeli police station in east Jerusalem on Friday, injuring five before being shot and wounded by guards, the police said.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri described the assault as a "terror attack."

The attacker plowed onto the curb next to the police station in east Jerusalem, running over five people, including four officers, Samri said. The guards fired at the vehicle from the entrance to the station, she added.

PHOTO: Israeli police stand at the scene of an of an apparent attack in Jerusalem, Friday, March 6, 2015. Israeli police say a suspected Palestinian motorist has rammed his car into five people near a Jerusalem police station, injuring five, before he was shot and wounded by a security guard.(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Israeli police stand at the scene of an of an apparent attack in Jerusalem, Friday, March 6, 2015. Israeli police say a suspected Palestinian motorist has rammed his car into five people near a Jerusalem police station, injuring five, before he was shot and wounded by a security guard.(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

The motorist then got out of the car, apparently holding a knife, and the guards shot and seriously wounded him, she said. The injured and the motorist were taken to hospital.

Police were still trying to identify the attacker. Samri said initial reports suggested he is a Palestinian from east Jerusalem and the car he was driving was registered as belonging to a Palestinian from east Jerusalem.

"The swift and determined response stopped the attack as it was beginning and prevented more innocents from being injured," said Moshe Edri, regional police commander.

The attack mirrored a spate of similar assaults on Israelis late last year amid heightened tensions over the most sensitive holy site in Jerusalem, revered by Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount.

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PHOTO: Israeli police say a suspected Palestinian motorist rammed his car into a group of people near a Jerusalem police station, injuring at least five people, mostly police officers. A security guard shot and wounded the driver. (March 6)
Israeli police say a suspected Palestinian motorist rammed his car into a group of people near a Jerusalem police station, injuring at least five people, mostly police officers. A security guard shot and wounded the driver. (March 6)
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