Unknown Palestinian Group Claims Jerusalem Terror Attack

The Fellowship  |  January 10, 2017

Large crowd of policemen and medics around a truck with several bullets through the front window.
Unknown Palestinian Group Claims Jerusalem Terror Attack

While Sunday’s terrorist truck attack that killed four IDF soldiers seemed to be inspired by recent ISIS attacks in Berlin and Nice, no claim of responsibility was initially made. But now, reports The Times of Israel’s Dov Lieber, a new Palestinian terrorist group has taken credit for the attack and vows more are to come:

A previously unknown Palestinian group calling itself “the martyr of Baha Alyan collective” has claimed responsibility for the deadly truck-ramming terrorist attack in Jerusalem on Sunday, in which four soldiers were killed and 17 more were injured.

The group took its name from a Palestinian terorist who, with an accomplice, killed three Israelis on a bus in Jerusalem in 2015. He was later killed by security forces.

In a press statement circulating online Monday, the group said Fadi al-Qunbar, the 28-year-old East Jerusalem terrorist who plowed his vehicle into a group of soldiers in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in the capital, was part of its group. IDF Lieutenant Yael Yekutiel, IDF Cadet Shir Hajaj, IDF Cadet Erez Orbach and IDF Cadet Shira Tzur, who were murdered in the attack, were buried on Monday.

The group’s statement said Sunday’s attack was not the first carried out by a member — without providing details — and will be followed by “a torrent of unyielding quality attacks in defense of our Jerusalem and in revenge of our martyrs and prisoners…”