Tel Aviv shooting: Deadly attack rocks busy nightspot

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Four Israelis killed and five others injured in shooting close to military headquarters, police say.

Four Israelis have been killed and several others injured in a shooting near Israel’s defence ministry and main army headquarters in Tel Aviv, police say.

The incident on Wednesday night happened at the Sarona Market, an area with restaurants and cafes.

At least five others were injured in the shooting and taken to the nearby Ichilov Hospital.

Police initially said that there was only one attacker, but spokeswoman Meirav Lapidot later said two gunmen had been captured after carrying out what appeared to be “a terrorist attack”.

One of the shooters was taken in for questioning, and the other, who was injured, was taken to hospital.

Police said the attackers were two Palestinians from the same family from the town of Yatta, south of the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank.

Haaretz newspaper reported that the attackers were disguised as ultra-Orthodox Jews.

Police were searching the area to make sure there were no other attackers or possible bombs.

Since October 2015, increased tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel have boiled over into violence.

Both attackers were captured following the incident [Reuters]

In the past half year, Palestinian attacks have killed 32 Israelis and two visiting US citizens. Israeli forces have shot dead at least 196 Palestinians.

Tensions over Jewish access to a volatile and contested Jerusalem holy site, revered by Muslims as Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and Jews as Temple Mount, have fuelled the violence.

In a similar attack in Tel Aviv five months ago, an Israeli Arab killed two people on a main shopping street and the driver of a taxi he used to flee the scene.

The assailant was killed a week later in a shootout with police at a hideout in his home village in northern Israel.

AlJazeera

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