Is­raeli po­lice: Pales­tinian gun­man kills 2, wounds 5

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JERUSALEM — A Pales­tinian mo­torist launched a shoot­ing spree near the na­tional head­quar­ters of the Is­raeli po­lice in Jerusalem on Sun­day, killing two peo­ple and wound­ing five oth­ers be­fore be­ing shot dead af­ter a fren­zied chase through the streets of the holy city, Is­raeli po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices said.

The day­time at­tack, car­ried out by a mem­ber of the Hamas mil­i­tant group, was one of the blood­i­est dur­ing a year­long spate of Pales­tinian as­saults. Is­rael had beefed up se­cu­rity in re­cent weeks, warn­ing that vi­o­lence could rise dur­ing the cur­rent Jewish high hol­i­day sea­son.

Po­lice spokes­woman Luba Samri said the at­tacker sped to­ward a busy stop of the city’s light rail and opened fire, hit­ting a 60-year-old woman. He con­tin­ued driv­ing and shot an­other woman who was seated in her car be­fore speed­ing off to­ward an Arab neigh­bor­hood 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 sep­a­rate po­lice force shot and killed the at­tacker, Samri said.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied one of the dead as a 29-year-old male po­lice of­fi­cer, Yosef Kirma. The 60-year-old woman also died.

Po­lice said the shooter was a 39-year-old man from the east Jerusalem neigh­bor­hood of Sil­wan. They did not re­lease his name.

Is­raeli me­dia re­ported the man had pre­vi­ously served mul­ti­ple sen­tences for vi­o­lent acts and was due to re­port to prison Sun­day for an­other sen­tence over as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Hamas stopped short of claim­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack. But in a state­ment, it iden­ti­fied the shooter as Mus­bah Abu Sbaih, an ac­tivist in the group.

SE­BAS­TIAN SCHEINER/AP

Is­raeli se­cu­rity forces at­tend a funeral Sun­day for po­lice Of­fi­cer Yosef Kirma.

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