Is­rael po­lice hit back

Pales­tinian killed af­ter shoot­ing in Jerusalem

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A Pales­tinian mo­torist launched a shoot­ing spree near the Is­raeli po­lice head­quar­ters in Jerusalem yes­ter­day, killing two peo­ple and wound­ing five others be­fore be­ing shot dead, Is­raeli po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices said.

Po­lice spokes­woman Luba Samri said the at­tacker sped to­ward a busy stop of the city’s light rail and opened fire, se­ri­ously wound­ing a 60year-old woman wait­ing there. He then con­tin­ued driv­ing and shot an­other woman who was seated in her car be­fore speed­ing off to­ward an Arab neigh­bour­hood in east Jerusalem. Samri said po­lice of­fi­cers on mo­tor­cy­cles chased the as­sailant, who even­tu­ally stepped out of his ve­hi­cle and opened fire at them. A 30-year-old po­lice of­fi­cer was crit­i­cally wounded in the shootout.

A separate po­lice force ul­ti­mately shot and killed the at­tacker, Samri said. She iden­ti­fied him as a 39-year-old man. Is­raeli me­dia re­ported the man had pre­vi­ously served mul­ti­ple sen­tences for vi­o­lent acts and was due to re­port to prison yes­ter­day for an­other sen­tence.

Is­rael’s Ma­gen David Adom emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vice said it treated seven peo­ple for var­i­ous gun­shot in­juries, two of whom later died of their wounds. Po­lice cor­doned off the area of the shoot­ing. The at­tack was an un­usual one in the year­long spate of Pales­tinian as­saults since most have been stab­bings. Sun­day’s was the dead­li­est at­tack on Is­raelis since June 8, when two Pales­tini­ans opened fire and killed four peo­ple at a Tel Aviv food mar­ket.

About 219 Pales­tini­ans have been killed dur­ing that pe­riod, with Is­rael say­ing the vast ma­jor­ity of them were at­tack­ers. Is­rael has blamed a re­cent surge in vi­o­lence on in­cite­ment by Pales­tinian political and religious lead­ers. The Pales­tini­ans say it is rooted in some 50 years of mil­i­tary oc­cu­pa­tion and dwin­dling hopes for in­de­pen­dence.

Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Gaza's Is­lamic Ha­mas lead­ers, wel­comed the at­tack in a state­ment say­ing it was “a nat­u­ral re­sponse.” Ha­mas stopped short of tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack but iden­ti­fied the as­sailant as a mem­ber.

At­tacker sped to­wards a busy stop of city’s light rail and opened fire, wound­ing one woman – Is­rael po­lice spokeswoan

ON GUARD: An Is­raeli of­fi­cer points his weapon as the area of the at­tack is sealed off

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