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Eliyahu David Kay, a young Chabad man from South Africa, has been identified as the victim of a terror attack in Jerusalem Sunday morning, 17 Kislev, 5782.
He is the son of Avi and Devorah Kay, members of the Chabad community in Johannesburg.
He was 26.
Kay was living in the Israeli city of Modi’in. He worked as a tour guide in the Western Wall tunnels.
He was on his way to Daven Shacharis at the Kotel plaza, as he did daily. As he was walking, he was holding a Sefer of the Rebbe’s Likkutei Sichos and his Tefillin in his hands when he was murdered.
As a bochur, he studied at the Tomchei Temimim Yeshivah in Kiryat Gat. He was engaged to be married in a few months, it was reported.
Kay was murdered and another 3 were wounded, one moderately to seriously, this morning, Sunday, in a shooting attack near the Chain Gate near the Western Wall.
The terrorist was neutralized by security forces.
The wounded were evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem, Hadassah Mount Scopus and Shaare Zedek hospitals in Jerusalem.
Preliminary investigation raises suspicion that the terrorist disguised himself as a haredi man and opened fire with a submachine gun at passersby and policemen who were at the scene. A knife was also found on the terrorist’s person.
Police believe that another terrorist played a part in the attack, and that he escaped the scene. Police are conducting searches for him.
The terrorist has been identified as Fadi Abu Shahidam, a resident of the Shuafat refugee camp in his 40s, who is affiliated with the Hamas terrorist organization.
Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai arrived at the scene of the deadly attack in the Old City of Jerusalem and said that the terrorist was known to the police.
“The police response was quick, this is a serious incident – carried out by a source familiar to us,” Shabtai said. “We will continue to investigate the circumstances and the immediate circles of the perpetrator until we find the verdict.”
“There is no doubt that this is a very serious attack, carried out by a source familiar to us, but not at the military level. The police response was very fast, within 32 seconds they sought contact and eliminated the terrorist,” the commissioner added.
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