At least 7 people were killed and another 10 injured in a terror attack at a synagogue in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood of Jerusalem on Friday evening.
The terrorist, who opened fire for at least several minutes at people leaving the synagogue after Friday night prayers, was killed by security forces after attempting to escape in a car.
Seven people were killed according to Jerusalem District Police Commander Doron Turgeman and several others were wounded according to Magen David Adom, Israel’s emergency medical service.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reported to be receiving updates from the scene and is set to hold a situational assessment later this evening.
Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai arrived at the scene of the incident shortly after the shooting occurred.
“This is a serious and complex attack with a large number of victims,” said Israeli police chief Kobi Shabtai. “We are currently conducting searches in the area to rule out the possibility that there are more people involved who are walking around freely. The terrorist was neutralized by a police officer and a volunteer of the Israel Police, they prevented a larger attack and neutralized the terrorist.”
Shortly after the incident, Gaza’s extremist groups Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad said the massacre was a “natural response” to the “crimes of the [Israeli] occupation.”
“The Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement praises the suicide operation in Jerusalem, which came at the right time and place in response to the Jenin massacre,” said PIJ spokesperson for the West Bank, Tariq Ezz El-Din.
The U.S. State Department said it condemns “the Jerusalem attack and we are in direct contact with our Israeli partners.”