It may be a sign of the times, or a sign of the end times, that a terror attack involving armed gunman on Jerusalem’s historic Temple Mount comes as no surprise to many due to the overflow of radicalized islamists dominating the Holy site.
Israeli police say that three gunmen have been shot dead during the shootout at the entrance to the flashpoint Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif complex in Jerusalem. During the brutal attack two Israelis were critically wounded.
Israeli media have suggested the attackers were Arabs, who may have been citizens of the town of Umm al-Fahm, although that was not immediately confirmed by police.
Israeli police say that the three assailants, armed with two homemade Carlo submachine guns and a hand gun, shot at Israeli police officers near the Lion’s Gate entrance to the Holy site, before eventually being chased and running into the compound.
“When they saw policemen they shot towards them and then escaped towards one of the mosques in the Temple Mount compound,” police spokesman Luba Samri said. “A chase ensued and the three terrorists were killed by police.”