Aftermath of rampage
Photo: Yaron Brener

Truck driver insists: I'm no terrorist

Arab who left one dead, 18 wounded in 'Nakba Day' rampage reenacts incident

The Arab truck driver who killed one person and wounded 18 in a suspected terror attack in Tel Aviv on "Nakba Day" reenacted the incident Saturday morning under massive security and a heavy veil of secrecy.


The driver, 22-year-old Issa Ibrahim Islam from Kfar Qassem, insists that his rampage was a result of a flat tire, rather than a deliberate attack. During the incident, he drove several kilometers while hitting more than a dozen cars.


However, police officials say they possess plenty of evidence indicating that the incident was indeed a terror attack.


Islam attempted to convince investigators of his version Saturday morning as well, while reenacting his deadly ride, using a small vehicle rather than a truck this time around.


The driver has been sticking to his original version since the incident.


Police say that they possess the testimonies of passersby whom Islam attempted to harm after stepping out of the truck, while yelling "Allahu Akbar" ("God is Great" in Arabic.) Islam is also said to have picked up fragments of signs and traffic lights hit by his truck and used them to attack passersby.


Police and prosecutors are expected to make a final decision on the indictment against Islam by Sunday. His lawyer told Ynet he was unaware of Saturday's reenactment but trusts that police officials conducted themselves honestly and did not fabricate evidence.



פרסום ראשון: 05.28.11, 15:50
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