Teen moderately hurt in suspected terror car-ramming in Beersheba; driver arrested

A teenager was moderately hurt in a suspected car-ramming attack in the southern city of Beersheba on Thursday morning, police and medics said. The driver was arrested.

According to surveillance camera footage and eyewitnesses, the alleged attacker drove his vehicle on the sidewalk near the Israeli Air Force Technological College, slamming into an 18-year-old man.

Footage showed the driver initially fleeing the scene.

The teen, a student at the college, was taken to Soroka hospital in the city in moderate condition, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said.

The driver, a 39-year-old resident of the Bedouin-majority city of Rahat, was arrested some 100 meters away, according to law enforcement officials.

Police said that “all directions of the investigation are being examined.”

The commander of the police’s Negev District, Assistant Commissioner Nahshon Nagler, said an initial investigation found the ramming was intentional, but added that it was still being probed whether the motive was nationalistic or criminal.

“At this point, we aren’t ruling out any explanation,” he said.

While technically not enlisted in the military, students at the IAF college wear uniforms.

The suspected attack came a day after two bombs were detonated at two bus stops near entrances to Jerusalem, killing a teenager and wounding more than 20 others.

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