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Wednesday June 16, 2010 12:00 PM (EST+7)
Report: Israeli police killed motorist after he was subdued

Read more: Palestinian casualties, Israeli casualties, Jerusalem, Wadi Joz, vehicle, accident, attack

RAMALLAH, June 16 (JMCC) - Israeli police officers shot at and killed a motorist suspected of attacking them after he had already been subdued, reports the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Ziad Jilani was shot Friday twice in the face while lying on the ground, eyewitnesses told the newspaper. He had swerved into a group of police officers while driving, injuring at least one before being pursued. Other eyewitnesses said that it appeared to be a traffic accident rather than an attack.

Around 2 P.M. Friday, Jilani was driving his van home from prayers in nearby Shoafat. Several minutes before the incident, Border Police officers were seen riding horses toward the Wadi Joz industrial area. A number of other officers were deployed around the area, and several started making their way toward Jerusalem's Old City. Jilani's car was traveling in tightly packed, slow-moving traffic with no oncoming vehicles.

The neighborhood soon filled up with people returning from Friday prayers, and some stores were already being opened. Two eyewitnesses said stones were hurled at the officers, one of which struck Jilani's car. He then swerved his car left, they said, veering from its lane and striking the group of policemen...

Jilani turned his vehicle into a dead-end alley where his uncle lives, and the officers continued pursuing his vehicle and shooting.

A mother and her adult daughter present at the scene saw the man emerge from his car...

Both women said they saw Jilani lying on his stomach with several officers gathered around him, and the daughter said one of the policemen kicked him in the head. The mother said she saw an officer point his rifle extremely close to Jilani's head, and when she put her head down to the asphalt she heard a shot ring out.

Read the story at Haaretz...







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