Two Israeli police officers shot dead in Jerusalem attack


Two Israeli police officers have been killed and another injured after three gunmen opened fire just outside the Old City of Jerusalem.

Police say the attackers were later shot dead at the entrance to the Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary complex – an area of huge religious importance to Muslims and Jews.

The gunmen had opened fire on the patrol near the Lion’s Gate area of the Old City before fleeing to the holy site.

Police spokeswoman Luba Simri told the Reuters news agency: “When they saw policemen they shot toward them and then escaped toward one of the mosques in the Temple Mount compound.

“A chase ensued and the three terrorists were killed by police.”

She also said that firearms were found on their bodies.

Dramatic mobile phone footage, which has been circulated widely on social media, shows several Israeli police chasing a man and then shooting him dead inside the compound.

The Israeli authorities are still trying to work out the identities of the attackers.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said: “The murderous terror attack at the Temple Mount was stopped by the courageous Israeli policemen who threw themselves in the way, and prevented an even greater disaster.

“We cannot allow for agents of murder, who desecrate the name of God, to drag us into a bloody war, and we will deal with a heavy hand against all the arms of terror, and its perpetrators.”

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Source: Sky News