A terrorist killer killed 7 people and wounded others in a shooting outside a synagogue in Jerusalem on Friday night, as the Jewish Sabbath was underway. The attacker, said to be a 21-year-old Palestinian man from East Jerusalem, was killed by police while trying to escape.
A 14-year-old boy is also among the deceased.
Police said the attack was the worst Israel has seen in years. A police spokesperson shared, “The attacker is a resident of East Jerusalem. We are completing operations at the scene. Right now, unfortunately, we are talking about seven people killed and three more seriously injured.
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The Times of Israel reported:
According to police, the terrorist arrived in a car at 8:13pm in a neighborhood in the northern part of East Jerusalem that was used as a synagogue and opened fire on people outside the synagogue and other passers-by.
The attacker then fled the scene in a car several hundred meters away towards the Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Hanina – where he confronted officers who had been called to the scene.
The terrorist – an East Jerusalem resident – was shot dead after getting out of the car and opening fire on officers while trying to escape on foot, police said.
The weapon used in the attack has been seized.
According to Channel 12 news, the terrorist first shot an elderly woman on the street, then confronted a motorcyclist and shot him, before reaching a synagogue and shooting at people outside.
Speaking to reporters from the scene, Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai said the attack was the worst attack Israel had seen in years.
“The terrorist opened fire on everyone he came across. He got out of the car and launched a fatal attack,” Shabtai said.
With seven people killed, the shooting in Jerusalem was the deadliest terrorist attack since 2011, when terrorists crossed into Israel from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and killed eight Israelis. The last fatal Palestinian terror attack was in 2008, when a gunman from East Jerusalem killed eight Israeli students at the capital’s Markaz Harav Yeshiva.