On Sunday, four were killed and at least another 15 were injured when a suspected terrorist plowed through a group of Israeli soldiers as they disembarked off a tour bus. Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said on Monday that he believes this was an act of terror adding that authorities have identified the man and “all signs show he is a supporter of the Islamic State.”
“We know there is a sequence of terror attacks and it’s quite possible that there is a connection between them, from France, Berlin and now Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said. “This is part of the same ongoing battle against this global scourge of the new terrorism.”
Three female soldiers and one male soldier were killed in the attack and another several people were hospitalized, some with critical injuries.
The driver has been identified as 28-year-old Fadi Qunbar from the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood of east Jerusalem. Another nine people were arrested in connection to the incident, five of those being relatives of Qunbar who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers during the incident.
Though no group has stepped forward to claim responsibility for the attack, Hamas, the militant Islamic terror group, took to Twitter to praise the driver.
“We bless the courageous and heroic truck operation in Jerusalem,” the group tweeted. “It comes within the context of the normal response to the crimes of the Israeli occupation.”
Netanyahu posted pictures of the four soldiers killed on his Facebook page and sent his condolences to their families.
“I am mourning the loss of our four soldiers who were murdered today in the terrorist attack in Jerusalem. In the name of all the people of Israel, I offer my condolences to their families,” Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu also visited the injured soldiers at the hospital stating that the victims were eager to get back to the force and “that’s why we win.”