Monday, September 22, 2008

[The Life of Shaun #277] 15 hurt in vehicle terror attack in Jerusalem

This afternoon, Mary and I randomly walked by a rainbow flag on a building while we were walking about, so I decided to check it out, and it turned out to be Jerusalem's GLBT organisation.  The only gay bar in Jerusalem closed down last year, but talking to the people inside we learned that there was still a weekly night, Mondays, that was still gay.  So we had a nice dinner here in East Jerusalem and then got into a taxi and asked to go to Jaffa Road, where the bar is, and we were told:
"It's closed, someone just drove a car into people there.  It was just on the radio." 
"On purpose?" we ask. 
"Yes, on purpose."
He tried to drive us there, as we weren't sure how bad it really was, but the roads to it were all blocked.  We're back at the hotel, which is very near, and we can hear sirens zooming by right now.  I guess all's not quiet on the Western front just yet.
w w w . h a a r e t z . c o m
Last update - 23:25 22/09/2008
15 hurt in vehicle terror attack in Jerusalem
By Jonathan Lis, Haaretz Correspondent and The Associated Press
Israel's rescue services on Monday evening said 15 people had been hurt in an attack at a busy Jerusalem intersection.
One of the victims sustained serious injuries, while the rest were lightly to moderately hurt.
The rescue service said a driver drove his car into a group of people at the intersection. The driver was shot and killed.
Channel 10 News reported that the perpetrator was driving a black BMW.
Police said armed civilians killed the driver. He was not immediately identified, but the wording of the police statement indicated it was believed he was a Palestinian.
The intersection is situated near Jerusalem's Old City.
Shaun Coley
Shadwell, Tower Hamlets
London, UK

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