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ISRAEL: Front-end loader fake-out

September 2, 2008 | 12:55 pm

Legoloader_3 It had to happen eventually.
After a summer that saw two different construction machine rampages in downtown Jerusalem, on Tuesday we had our first construction rampage false alarm.

Police in the central Israeli city of Modi'in opened fire on a young Palestinian man who apparently attempted to steal a front-end loader similar to the one used in the previous incidents.

The man was arrested without injury, and Army Radio later reported that police had concluded the incident was criminal and not terror-related.

It remains a matter of speculation just what sort of suicidal fool attempts to joyride in a construction vehicle right in front of a police car given the previous attacks.

Stay tuned...

-- Ashraf Khalil in Jerusalem

Photo: Wikimedia Commons