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Bulldozer used in Jerusalem attack

March 5, 2009 at 1:43 PM   |   Comments

JERUSALEM, March 5 (UPI) -- A man authorities labeled a terrorist used a bulldozer to attack a police car and other vehicles on a busy Jerusalem street Thursday before being shot to death.

Authorities said the man used the heavy construction machine to drag and flip the police car, then tried to tip over other vehicles, including an unloaded bus, at the Golomb intersection near Jerusalem's Malha Mall. Police said they found an open Koran in the bulldozer's cab, Haaretz reported.

Israel police and civilians identified the man as Marei Radaydeh, a West Bank construction worker in his mid-20s who lived with his family in an east Jerusalem neighborhood, Haaretz reported.

The Jerusalem Post reported police and a taxi driver wounded Radaydeh, who died a short time later. Two police officers were reported slightly injured.

It was the third incident of its kind in less than a year. A bulldozer and another tractor were used in those attacks.

The cab driver, identified only as Dor, told Israel Radio he chased Radaydeh and saw the police car "fly into the air."

"He flipped it over twice, then continued dragging it toward a bus that was stuck in traffic," he said.

Dor told the radio network he fired four shots at the man, wounding him. "Then a policeman came with his M-16 and finished him off finally," he said.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called for the demolition of Radaydeh's home as a deterrence to other attacks.

"It was simply an attack meant to murder innocent people," Barkat told

Channel 2 television.

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