Several injured as driver hits pedestrians in Jerusalem

A driver ploughed his car into pedestrians in Jerusalem on Friday before trying to stab them, injuring several in an attack mirroring similar incidents last year, police said.

Jerusalem: A driver ploughed his car into pedestrians in Jerusalem on Friday before trying to stab them, injuring several in an attack mirroring similar incidents last year, police said.

"A young man rammed his car (into pedestrians), and then got out and tried to stab people" before being shot and wounded by an armed security guard, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement.

"Four people were injured," she added, describing the incident as a "terrorist attack."

It took place outside an Israeli border police station on the line separating west and east Jerusalem.

Paramedics said they were treating five people for injuries after the attack.

The incident mirrored a spate of attacks in the Holy City in October and November last year, where Palestinians ploughed vehicles into groups of pedestrians, killing several people.

The attackers were shot dead at the scene on those occasions.

Friday`s attack raised tensions in Jerusalem ahead of an Israeli snap general election, and came a day after the Palestinian leadership said it would end security cooperation with the Jewish state in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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