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Off-duty officer fatally shot terrorist who killed 3 in Jerusalem car ramming

Two young brothers and a newlywed husband died in the attack.

Published: February 12, 2023 10:30am

Updated: February 12, 2023 4:25pm

An off-duty police officer shot and killed the terrorist who murdered three people, including two young brothers, by ramming his car into a crowd at a bus stop, officials said, while more Israelis are taking self-defense into their own hands.

The off-duty Jerusalem detective passed by the scene of the attack in his private vehicle seconds after the incident Friday, Israeli police said Saturday, as translated. He pulled over and saw another patrol officer on the scene, and together they "neutralized the terrorist with a targeted shot" while he was still in his vehicle, police said.

I24 News later clarified that the off-duty officer is the one who shot the terrorist dead at the scene.

Two brothers, 8-year-old Asher Menahem Pally and 6-year-old Yaakov Yisrael Pally were killed in the attack, which also left their father injured. The attack also killed 20-year-old student Alter Shlomo Laderman, a newlywed whose wife was seriously injured in the attack. Two other people were left injured as well, officials said.

Friday's car ramming, which was described by Palestinian media as a "heroic run-over operation carried out by a Palestinian youth in the occupied city of Jerusalem," marked 10 Jews killed by terrorists in two weeks. 

More Israelis are looking to arm themselves amid the terror wave. Conservative National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir pledged to increase gun permits five-fold after a Jerusalem synagogue shooting left 7 people dead late last month.

Civilians are stopping some terrorists in Israel. One day after the synagogue shooting, a father and son in Jerusalem were shot by a 13-year-old Palestinian. Civilians intervened and shot the suspect, wounding him.  

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