facebook
twitter
search
search

Jerusalem seminary attacked

March 6, 2008 at 3:48 PM

JERUSALEM, March 6 (UPI) -- At least eight people died when two gunmen entered a rabbinical seminary in Jerusalem and opened fire, officials said.

Israeli Army Radio confirmed eight deaths with the number of injured ranging from eight to about 40.

One of the alleged shooters died at the scene, The Jerusalem Post reported. A second assailant reportedly was wearing an explosives belt. Tactical forces were searching the facility for the second gunman.

One student told Israel's Channel 2 that a gunman went into the seminary's library and fired for several minutes with an assault weapon. The student said he shot the gunman twice in the head.

Another student told Haaretz the attack lasted 10 minutes and 500-600 shots were fired.

Police said all students at the Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva have been evacuated. Security forces are deployed in the surrounding Kiryat Moshe neighborhood.

Fifty ambulances responded to the scene, which emergency responders called "a major incident," reported the Arutz Sheva.

Horns honked and people cheered in Hamas-controlled Gaza when residents there heard of the attack, CNN reported.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Topics: Arutz Sheva
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
North Korean diplomats sending their children to mental hospitals
Catholic Church in Norway ordered to pay $5.1 million for fraud
Report: North Korea executed over 1,300 people
Shark bite confirmed off North Carolina shore
Ex-Auschwitz guard Oskar Groening seeks forgiveness from God