Baby Killed in Jerusalem 'Attack' Was U.S. Citizen: Israel Police

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A three-month-old girl killed when a Palestinian man slammed his car into pedestrians at a light railway stop in Jerusalem on Wednesday was American, police said. Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld confirmed to NBC News that the baby had an American passport. Officials did not release her parents’ names. Eight other people were hurt before the driver, identified by officials as 21-year-old Abdel-Rahman Shaloudi, fled the scene and was shot. A hospital official told Reuters that Shaloudi later died. Israeli officials described the incident as a "terrorist attack."

"The parents are a young couple," Reuters quoted an uncle of the couple as saying. "They are Americans and they came to live here. He came to learn here in the Yeshiva." Shaloudi was from Silwan, an area on Jerusalem's old walled city that has been a focal point of violence in past weeks with Palestinians protesting against Israeli settlers moving into houses in the predominantly Palestinian-populated district. Overnight, residents clashed with police, who responded to rocks and petrol bombs with stun grenades.


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Reuters contributed to this report