Two people were killed Thursday morning, and eight others injured, five of them seriously, in a gun attack on a bus stop in west Jerusalem, according to a new report from the Israeli police. This attack comes as the truce between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas was extended at the last minute on Thursday morning for a seventh day.
“Two terrorists who came by car and armed one with an M-16 and the other with a pistol” opened fire around 7:40 a.m. (0540 GMT), Jerusalem police director said , Doron Torgeman, to the press at the scene of the attack. Magen David Adom (Mada), the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross, identified one of the two dead as “a young woman of 24 years old”. Mada first located the attack in East Jerusalem, occupied and annexed by Israel, before specifying that it took place “at the entrance to Jerusalem” (West).
The two attackers “were killed quickly by two off-duty soldiers and a civilian who shot at them,” police said in a statement. Footage posted online shows two men getting out of a white car and opening fire before being shot dead.
Two weeks ago, an Israeli soldier was killed and five members of the Israeli security forces injured in an attack on a checkpoint separating Jerusalem from the occupied West Bank, an attack claimed by the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas. The three attackers were shot dead.
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