A terrorist attack in Jerusalem on Thursday morning claimed the lives of at least three Israelis who were waiting at a bus stop, and eleven others were injured.
The two gunmen, reported to be Israeli Arabs, were subsequently shot and killed by an off-duty soldier who had recently returned from combat against Hamas in Gaza.
The Israeli government has identified the terrorists as two brothers who were affiliated with Hamas and had previously served time in jail on terrorism charges.
Per reports, “The perpetrators of the Jerusalem operation: the two martyrs, the brothers Murad Nimr (38 years old) and Ibrahim Nimr (30 years old), from the village of Sur Baher in Jerusalem, who were liberated prisoners. It is noteworthy that the martyr Murad Nimr spent 10 years in the occupation prisons on charges of planning to carry out operations within a cell of the Qassam Brigades.”
The attack came following an announcement by Israel and Hamas extending the ceasefire for another day. Both sides were in the process of negotiating another round of hostages and prisoner swaps.
The casualties included a 24-year-old woman who lost her life at the scene and two others, a 60-year-old woman and a 70-year-old man, who died at the hospital. There are reports indicating that an armed civilian and another off-duty soldier also confronted the terrorists.
The attackers drove up to the bus stop in a car and got out, opening fire—one with an M-16 rifle and the other with a handgun. After firing at the Israelis waiting at the bus stop for a few seconds, the two terrorists attempted to retreat to their car but were confronted and killed by the off-duty Israeli soldier. Other Israelis can also be seen on the video responding with the off-duty soldier.
According to reports, “The off-duty soldier who killed the terrorist who shot and killed 3 people in Jerusalem today had returned home from Gaza last night, and was waiting at the bus stop where the attack took place for a ride back to southern Israel. He was injured in his hand.”
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