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Suspected Shooter of Temple Mount Activist Killed in Gunfight

reposted from Times of Israel
October 30, 2014 Heshvan 6, 5775

Gunfire heard in East Jerusalem neighborhood after riot police arrive on scene; Yehudah Glick remains hospitalized in stable but serious condition

by Ilan Ben Zion

The suspected shooter in Wednesday’s assassination attempt was killed in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tor early Thursday morning following a shootout with police.

According to the police, counter-terrorism officers arrived at the suspect’s house and attempted to arrest him when they came under fire. They returned fire and confirmed they killed the suspect. The motorcycle and pistol used in the attack were reportedly found at the suspect’s house.

The man killed Thursday morning, identified in unconfirmed reports as Mu’taz Hijazi, an Islamic Jihad operative, came hours after the attempted murder of Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehudah Glick.

The Shin Bet security service confirmed that the suspected shooter, a 32-year-old Palestinian who had previously served time in Israeli prison, was killed Thursday morning in Abu Tor.

Islamic Jihad and Hamas both released statements praised the shooter.

Clashes between Palestinians and police continued in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods after Thursday morning’s shootout. Rocks were thrown at a bus near the Damascus Gate, inflicting minor damage to the vehicle but causing no injuries.

Israel’s police commissioner Yohanan Danino announced that the national security level was raised.

Photos of the suspected assassin circulated on social media, but there was no official confirmation of the slain man’s identity.

Glick remained in serious, but stable, condition Thursday morning after being shot three times Wednesday night outside the Jerusalem’s Begin Center following a conference about the Jewish presence on the Temple Mount. Eyewitnesses said the gunman had a clear Arabic accent and spoke briefly to Glick, asking for his identity and telling him “you’ve made me angry,” before firing his weapon.

 

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