From Gateway Pundit
A smiling gunman opened fire on a crowded bar in central Tel Aviv on Friday. At least two people were killed.
Five more people are said to have been moderately wounded in the attack and have been taken to hospitals in the Tel Aviv area. (Daily Mail)
The gunman had a Koran in his backpack.
DRAMATIC FOOTAGE: Moment gunman opens fire at a bar in Tel Aviv killing 2 Israelis, wounding 8. pic.twitter.com/U5gTqGOCqQ
— Israel News Flash (@ILNewsFlash) January 1, 2016
Tel Aviv: A gunman killed two people and wounded at least three others outside a pub in central Tel Aviv on Friday before fleeing.
Security camera footage aired on Israel’s Channel 10 television showed the assailant, who appeared to be in his mid-to-late 20s, and wearing protective eyeglasses and a windbreaker, and browsing dried fruit at a delicatessen on Dizengoff Street. He then pulled a machine pistol from his backpack and stepped onto the pavement, shooting wildly.
With the suspect still at large, police declined to offer a motive.
“All possible angles are being investigated,” spokeswoman Luba Samri said.
“Large-scale police forces are conducting searches for him.”
She said five people were wounded, with two of the wounded later dying in hospital. She said a massive manhunt was underway for the shooter. Large numbers of police were on the scene.
Nati Shakked, owner of the Simta bar on Dizengoff Street, which was hit by gunfire, said the assailant had waited on a bench outside before taking a machine gun out of a bag and “shooting in every direction”.
Police said it was not known if the attacker was Palestinian or if it was a gangland shooting.
Israel has seen a wave of Palestinian street attacks since October, fuelled in part by Muslim anger over stepped-up Jewish visits to Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque complex, also sacred to Jews, as well as long-stalled peace talks.
On the Israeli side, 21 people have died, mostly in stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attack, while at least 131 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.
There was no immediate claim by Palestinian armed groups for Friday’s attack.
Israel has also been bracing for a possible attack by Islamic State, which has a small but growing following among Israeli Arabs. An Islamic State audio message circulated on social media last week threatened to strike at Israel “soon”.
Israeli media showed images of an abandoned ammunition clip at the scene of the shooting that appeared to have come from a Spectre M4 machine gun – a weapon rarely seen in Israel and the Palestinian territories.