Israel troops open fire after attacker rams car, injures man

A Palestinian crashed a auto into a bus stop at a tense junction in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, wounding one person before soldiers opened fire and killed the assailant, Israel's military said.

However, photographs of the scene published by Israeli media showed that the Palestinian vehicle had seemingly collided with the back of a bus.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the attacker died of his wounds and the IDF confirmed the report. He arrived with no vital signs and was pronounced dead after resuscitation efforts failed.

The victim, a 60-year-old man, is suffering from a head wound and is in light-to-moderate condition, emergency services said. He too received treatment on the scene before being taken to Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment.

The military said it was certain the car-ramming was an attack, based on footage of the incident and the fact that a knife was found inside the vehicle.

Since September 2015, Palestinians have killed 42 Israelis, 2 visiting Americans and a British tourist in a wave of stabbing, shooting and car-ramming attacks.

Israeli officials have said that numerous attackers have done so due to personal problems, with some, like Friday's attacker, hoping to commit suicide by cop or soldier.

Israel says at least 163 of the Palestinians killed had launched stabbing, shooting or auto ramming attacks.

The spate of Palestinian attacks that began in October 2015 was dubbed the "lone wolf" intifada, as numerous attacks were carried out by individuals who were not connected to any terror group.

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