Three killed in Tel Aviv shooting

Israeli forensic police officer inspects a restaurant after a shooting at Sarona Market, Tel Aviv, on 8 June 2016Image copyright

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An Israeli forensic police officer inspects the scene of the shooting

Three people have been killed and six wounded in a shooting incident at Israel’s largest indoor market, in Tel Aviv.

Police said two attackers were in custody; one of them is undergoing surgery in hospital.

The attack took place at Sarona Market, which houses shops and restaurants.

Tel Aviv police chief Chico Edri called it a “pretty serious terrorist incident” but said fears of a third attacker were unfounded.

The attack took place at around 21:30 (18:30 GMT) in an area which is close to Israel’s defence ministry and main army headquarters.

Video footage showed crowds running from the scene and ambulances arriving. Pictures showed upturned tables and chairs at one restaurant.

One woman told Israel’s Channel 10 TV that she had been celebrating her son’s birthday when she heard shots and “immediately understood it was a terror attack”.

“We ran like lightning with the baby and the stroller,” Meital Sassi said. “I yelled at people, who didn’t understand what was happening, to run.”

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The shooting happened nears bars and restaurants

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Two attackers are now in custody, say police

“Two terrorists arrived at the complex and while firing, and to our regret, nine people were injured to different degrees,” Mr Edri said.

“Of the two terrorists, one was arrested and the other wounded by gunfire. The weapons they were carrying have been seized.”

Ichilov hospital, where the injured were taken, said three critically wounded people had died.

It is not clear who carried out the attack. However, there has been a rise in Palestinian attacks on Israelis since last year, with a series of shootings, stabbings and car rammings.

The number of incidents has dropped in recent months.

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