Incident Summary:

07/02/2008: On Wednesday, on Yafo Street in Jerusalem, Israel, an armed assailant drove a front-end loader into civilians, killing four civilians, wounding 45 others, and damaging two buses and two dozen cars. There was no motive reported and Ahrar al-Jalil, Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine all claimed separate responsibility.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank


Location Details:
The incident occurred on Yafo Street.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A front-end loader was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Ahrar Al-Jalil (Free People of the Galilee) Ahrar Al Jalil Brigades Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 45 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 45
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"New York Times,"Palestinian Rams Construction Vehicle into Traffic, Killing Three," Lexisnexis Academic, New York Times, July 03, 2008"
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Four Civilians Killed, Forty-Five Others Wounded in Front-End Loader Attack in Jerusalem, Israel," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 20, 2010"
"Maan News Agency,"Group Claiming Bulldozer Attack Warns Israel Against Retaliation in East Jerusalem,", July 04, 2008."