According to The Times of Israel newspaper, the truck, coming from an Arab neighborhood, rammed into a group of soldiers getting off a bus. Israeli police believe it was a deliberate attack; the investigation is underway.
"It is a terrorist attack, a ramming attack," an Israeli police spokeswoman told Israel Radio.
Israel Radio reported that the driver of the truck was shot dead. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that all signs suggest that the driver of the truck supported Daesh terrorist group.
"We know the identity of the attacker, according to all the signs he is a supporter of Islamic State [Daesh]. We have sealed off Jabel Mukabar, the neighbourhood from where he came, and we are carrying out other actions which I will not detail," Netanyahu said as quoted by Reuters.
According to local media, the attack was supposedly carried out by a Palestinian person and targeted IDF soldiers. Jerusalem Post reported citing police that the suspected attacker was a Palestinian from east Jerusalem. According to police, he had an Israeli driver's license.
Ynetnews reported citing sources that the suspected attacker's name is Fadi al-Qanbar, who was released from prison in east Jerusalem.
Reported picture of Jerusalem attacker Fadi al-Qanbar, 28, from Jabal Mukabbar Jerusalem https://t.co/YjBTI0XvOi— Dov Lieber (@DovLieber) 8 января 2017 г.
The victims of this terror ramming attack are Israeli soldiers who were getting off a tour bus for a gathering at the tayelet— ERH Jerusalem (@ERHinJerusalem) 8 января 2017 г.
Ambulances have already arrived at the site.
MDA rescue vehicles evacuating patients to Shaarei Tzedek hospital pic.twitter.com/SsF0C0bKak— Magen David Adom (@Mdais) 8 января 2017 г.
Austrian Foreign Minister and current OSCE Chairman Sebastian Kurz has already condemned the attack.