Four killed in Palestinian shooting attack in Tel Aviv, gunmen held: police

Four killed in Palestinian shooting attack in Tel Aviv, gunmen held: police
# 09 June 2016 01:39 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Two Palestinian gunmen killed at least four people at a popular shopping and restaurant area in Tel Aviv on Wednesday in an attack that sent diners, some clutching small children, running for their lives just outside Israel's Defence Ministry, APA reports quoting Reuters.

Both gunmen, identified by police as Palestinians from a village near the city of Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, were apprehended, and one was wounded.

Security footage showed the pair, dressed in suit and tie and posing as customers at a restaurant, suddenly pull out automatic weapons and open fire, shooting one man point blank, as other diners fled.

Police said the assailants killed four people in the 9:30 p.m. (2.30 p.m. ET) assault and that six were wounded.

The attack, as families were enjoying a balmy evening out at the trendy Sarona complex, was one of the most serious in the country's business and entertainment capital since a wave of Palestinian violence erupted eight months ago.

A lull over the past several months in what had been near-daily stabbings and shootings made the attack just meters (yards) from the sprawling defense compound surprising and was likely to bring back a sense of insecurity to Israeli streets.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, returning from a visit to Moscow, rushed directly to the Defence Ministry to assess the situation with senior ministers and security chiefs.

"I was with the family, eating pizza. We heard the shots, we didn't know what was happening, and everybody got down on the floor. We managed to escape to a cellar," a woman, who gave her name only as Annette, told Israel's Channel 10 television.