Authorities say Mohammad Al-Salaymeh rammed his car into a crowd in East Jerusalem. At least five people were injured, including four security officials. Police shot the suspect, who was taken to the hospital in serious condition. (Reuters)

A Palestinian driver rammed his car into a group of Israel Border Patrol troops Friday, in what police described as a “terrorist attack” that injured four officers and a bystander.

The assailant was shot and wounded by a security officer after he emerged from his car, said police spokeswoman Luba Samri.

Eyewitnesses told Israeli reporters the alleged assailant was swinging a tire iron at people standing at the stop after he got out of his car. Samri said he carried a knife.

She said the attacker — identified as a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem — rammed his car twice, leaving a total of four women officers injured. A man standing nearby also was hurt.

Border police patrol the line between mostly Jewish west Jerusalem and the city’s predominately Arab eastern district.

In an incident police are treating as a terrorist attack, a Palestinian driver rammed his vehicle into a group of Border Patrol troops standing near a Jerusalem tram stop on Friday, injuring at least five people. (Reuters)

It is the third vehicular assault in Jerusalem in six months.

In October, a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem drove his car into a crowded light-rail station here, killing a 3-month-old baby and wounding eight people. The driver was shot and killed at the scene.

In November, a Palestinian with apparent links to the Islamist militant group Hamas that runs the Gaza Strip, rammed a minivan into a Jerusalem train platform and then assaulted people with a tire iron, killing one person before being shot dead by police.

Israeli medics and a policeman evacuate an injured person from the scene of an attack in Jerusalem. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)