Israel: Terrorist who opened fire at Tel Aviv bar killed in encounter

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Tel Aviv (Israel): The gunman who fired at a crowded bar in Tel Aviv, Israel, has been killed in an encounter, news agency AFP quoted an official as saying. Two people were killed and many were injured in this attack.

This is the fourth such attack in the country in just two weeks. Local police said that they have received some “indications” that it may have been a politically motivated attack. This has happened at a time when tensions between Israel and the Palestinians are going on.

The radical group Hamas has praised the barbaric attack. While reacting to the incident, US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken expressed grief over the incident.

In a statement, Blinken also said that the US is “following events closely and will be in regular contact with our Israeli partners, with whom we stand firmly in the face of terrorism and violence.” “Our condolences are with the families and other loved ones of those killed and we wish the injured a speedy recovery,” Blinken said.

What happened?

According to news agencies report, the shooter opened fire at a packed bar at around 9 pm local time on Thursday and then fled the spot. The shooting took place on Dizengoff Street, one of the busiest streets known for its bars and restaurants. 

“Our impression is that he is still in the vicinity,” Tel Aviv police commander Amichai Eshed said. 

“At the moment, there are indications that this is a terrorist attack, but I have to be very sensitive about this and say that we are looking for other clues as well,” he added.

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The victims

The victims of the attack include two youths of about 30 years. Seven people were injured, three of whom were seriously injured, Israel’s Magan David Adom Emergency Service informed the media in a statement.

Past attacks

On March 29, a 27-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank opened fire in the central town of Banei Brak, killing five people. Two days earlier, two police officers were killed in an attack by Islamic State (ISIS) sympathizers in Hadera.

In another similar incident, IS supporters killed four people in a car-ramming and stabbing attack in the southern city of Beersheba on March 22. The Hadera and Beersheba attacks were carried out by Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Israel-Palestine Tensions

Tensions have escalated after 11 people were killed in attacks by Palestinian bombers just before the holy Islamic month of Ramadan, which began nearly a week ago. Last year, protests and clashes in Jerusalem during Ramadan ignited the 11-day Gaza War.

In recent weeks, Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian leaders have also held a flurry of meetings aimed at quelling tensions.

first published:April 8, 2022, 10:44 a.m.

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