On Thursday evening, following extensive operational and intelligence efforts conducted with security forces, the Shin Bet, and the Israeli Police Counter Terrorism Unit, Israeli troops apprehended the terrorist who carried out the car-ramming attack in Jerusalem that injured 12 IDF soldiers early that morning.

The terrorist, Sanad al-Turman, a 25-year-old resident of A-Tur, an Arab neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem, was arrested at the Gush Etzion Junction and transferred to security forces for further questioning. The IDF and the Israeli Police will continue operating in order to maintain the security in the area, to thwart terror attacks and to apprehend terrorists, the statement said.

According to the Shin Bet, al-Turman has no prior history of terrorist activity. His family claims the car-ramming was an accident, a claim that Israeli security denies.

The terror attack took place near the First Station, an entertainment center located in the area of Liberty Bell Garden and not far from the King David Hotel in Jerusalem

Police said that the car was apparently found in Beit Jala, a town outside Bethlehem.

The IDF said that the Golani Brigade soldiers were on a “Heritage Tour” on their way to a swearing-in at the Western Wall.