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Jerusalem 'Terror Attack' As Digger Topples Bus Killing 1 And Injuring Five

04/08/2014 16:06 BST | Updated 08/08/2014 16:59 BST

Israeli police have shot dead a Palestinian man after he commandeered an industrial excavator and used it to overturn a bus.

A 25-year-old pedestrian was run over and killed in the 'terror attack' and three others, including the bus' driver, were injured.

Amateur footage of the incident shows the digger's scoop being repeatedly rammed against the side of the vehicle, eventually tipping it over.

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Police examine the body of the shot man

Police have identified the attacker as Mohammad Jabbis, a resident of the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood in the east of the city.

District police chief, Yossi Farienti, said: "[He] hit a Jewish citizen at a construction site and then drove about 50 metres down the road, where it overturned the bus with its arm, slightly injuring three people."

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Tensions have been high across the country as Israel continues its offensive into Gaza.

Israel's security minister, Yitzhak Aharonovitch, said Jabbis' entire family was being questioned to discover if he was acting alone.

He told Channel 2 television: "From the moment fighting started in the south, we realised such an incident of a lone attacker can happen and such tractor attacks are familiar in Jerusalem."

In 2008 four people were killed when Hussam Taysir Duwait attacked cars with a front-end loader on Jaffa Road. He was also shot dead in the attack.