1 Killed, 17 Injured in Terrorist Truck Attack


Two trucks plowed down Barlev Street crashing into a bus, several cars, a motorcycle and a number of pedestrians. Photo: Yossi Zeliger.

YNET - One man died and 17 people were injured in what police suspect was a terror attack in Tel Aviv Sunday morning, after a truck driving along Bar-Lev street hit and ran over several vehicles.

The fatality in the incident was identified as Aviv Morag, 28, from Givatayim.

The truck driver, a 22-year-old Arab-Israeli man from Kfar Kassem, was arrested and taken in for questioning. During a preliminary interrogation, the driver told police his tire had exploded causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

However, police investigators are skeptical about his version.

Numerous ambulances rushed to the scene of the event and evacuated 17 victims to hospital. Most sustained light wounds and were taken to the Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and the Edith Wolfson Medical Center in Holon.

The rampage began at the Mesubim junction, and continued along two kilometers of the Bar-Lev Road. Vehicles were smashed, traffic lights knocked over and security rails destroyed. Several buses were apparently hit. The truck eventually came to a halt near a school while many students and parents were present.

Police officials said a total of 15 vehicles were hit during the rampage, and that the whole area was sealed. A group of bystanders gathered near the site and chanted “Death to Arabs.”