East Jerusalem men enter Har Nof yeshiva complex with pistol and axes; 6 injured, including two police; assailants killed 

Four people were killed in a terror attack at a synagogue in a Jerusalem neighborhood Tuesday morning.


Police said two attackers, apparently from East Jerusalem, came into the synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood shortly after 7 a.m. and began attacking worshipers at morning prayers with a gun, a meat cleaver, and an ax.



Both terrorists were killed by police.


Israel Police said there were six injured, including two policemen.


The attack occurred at the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue, located in a religious institution which includes a study hall.


One of the worshipers said the two terrorists shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack, and entered the synagogue without their faces covered.


Photos taken from inside the synagogue after the attack showed bloodied male worshipers lying on the floor, still wrapped in their prayer shawls and phylacteries.


“I tried to escape. The man with the knife approached me. There was a chair and table between us … my prayer shawl got caught. I left it there and escaped,” Yossi, who was praying at the synagogue at the time of the attack, told Israeli Channel 2 TV. He declined to give his last name.


A witness, identified only as Zohar, said there was panic at the scene.


“I heard shooting and one of the worshippers came out covered in blood and shouted ‘There’s a massacre’,” he said.


A video shot by a bystander shows police engaged in a shootout with the attackers.



Both attackers were from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, Channel 2 reported. Security forces were in the neighborhood.


According to Israel Radio’s Gal Berger, Palestinian sources said the attackers were cousins, named Said Abu Jamal and Uday Warsan. He also reported that Hamas officials in Gaza and Qatar said the attack was “revenge for the killing of Arab bus driver in Jerusalem.”

Israeli police and rescue workers outside the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue in Jerusalem after a terror attack there on November 18, 2014. (photo credit:  Yonatan Sindler/FLASH90)

Israeli police outside the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue in Jerusalem after a terror attack there on November 18, 2014. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindler/FLASH90)

One of the terrorists worked in a corner store near the synagogue, Channel 2 reported.


Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon called an emergency meeting in the wake of the attack.


Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and Israel Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino arrived at the scene, and were heckled by bystanders, who yelled, “Go home!”


The ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighborhood where the attack occured sits at the Western edge of Jerusalem and has been mostly shielded from the violence that has wracked the city in recent weeks.


The attack comes a day after tensions in Jerusalem once again ramped up in the wake of the apparent suicide of an Arab bus driver Sunday night. The driver’s family claimed he had been killed by Jewish extremists, setting off riots and strikes in the capital Monday

The synagogue attack occurred not far from where a Palestinian bus driver, Yousuf al-Ramouni of Jerusalem, was found hanged on Sunday, CNN’s Ben Wedeman reported.

Police said the death was a suicide, but the driver’s brother described seeing bruises and “signs of blood” on his brother’s back.

Also on Sunday, an Israeli was stabbed with a screwdriver near central Jerusalem. That stabbing victim was taken to the hospital in moderate condition, Rosenfeld said Sunday.

And last week, a 20-year-old was stabbed and killed in Tel Aviv, and three people were stabbed — one fatally — near the entrance to a settlement in the West Bank.

The latter incident took place at the same hitchhiking spot where three Israeli teens were kidnapped earlier this year; they were later killed.



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