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:



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
Ransom 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
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
New York Times,"Palestinian Rams Construction Vehicle into Traffic, Killing Three," Lexisnexis Academic, New York Times, July 03, 2008
Maan News Agency,"Group Claiming Bulldozer Attack Warns Israel Against Retaliation in East Jerusalem,", July 04, 2008.