Palestinian in front-end loader goes on rampage in Jerusalem, killing 3

Israeli security personnel and medics stand around a destroyed car and a bulldozer in Jerusalem on Wednesday.
Israeli security personnel and medics stand around a destroyed car and a bulldozer in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

— A Palestinian man plowed a large front-end loader into cars, buses and pedestrians on a busy street Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding at least 45 before he was shot dead by security officers.

Israeli police referred to the man as a "terrorist" acting on his own. He repeatedly smashed vehicle after vehicle with the huge shovel on his loader, throwing cars into the air and overturning a bus.

The first major attack in Jerusalem since March wreaked havoc in the heart of downtown. Hundreds of people fled in panic through the streets as medics treated the wounded.

Three Palestinian militant groups took responsibility for the attack, but the claims could not be independently verified.

3 killed before security officers shoot him

Palestinian goes on rampage

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The attack took place in front of a building housing the offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets. British Broadcasting Corp. footage captured the huge front-end loader crushing a vehicle and an off-duty soldier shooting the perpetrator in the head several times at point-blank range as onlookers screamed.

Eli Mizrahi, an officer in a special anti-terror unit, said he and his partner sped to the scene on a motorcycle from the nearby Mahane Yehuda market in downtown Jerusalem. An off-duty soldier had just shot the attacker, but not killed him.

"I ran up the stairs [of the vehicle] and, when he was still driving like crazy and trying to harm civilians, I fired at him twice more and, that's it, he was liquidated," Mizrahi told reporters.

Israel's national rescue service confirmed three deaths.

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