It was the deadliest Palestinian attack in Jerusalem in months and targeted officer cadets. (Photo: Reuters)
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Jerusalem: 4 Dead After Palestinian Driver Rams Truck into Crowd

A Palestinian rammed his truck into a group of Israeli soldiers on a popular promenade in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing four of them in an attack that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said is likely to have been inspired by Islamic State.

It was the deadliest Palestinian attack in Jerusalem in months and targeted officer cadets as they disembarked from a bus that brought them to the Armon Hanatziv promenade, which has a panoramic view of the walled Old City.

The military said that a female officer and three officer cadets were killed and that 17 others were injured. Police said three of the dead were women.

"It is a terrorist attack, a ramming attack," a police spokesperson said on Israel Radio. Police said the dead, three women and one man, were all in their twenties.

Police identified the truck driver as a Palestinian from Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem and said he was shot dead. His uncle, Abu Ali, named him as Fadi Ahmad Hamdan Qunbor, 28, a father of four from the Jabel Mukabar neighbourhood.

An Israeli bus driver, who witnessed the incident, said the truck ploughed into a group of soldiers. "They shot him, until they neutralised him," said the bus driver.

Israeli TV stations said the driver was killed, and footage showed bullet holes in the truck's windscreen.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that nine Jabel Mukabar residents, including five members of the attacker's family, were arrested on suspicion of aiding the attacker.

A wave of Palestinian street attacks, including vehicle rammings, has largely slowed but not stopped completely since it began in October 2015.