Two Israeli police officers were killed Friday when gunmen with improvised weapons opened fire near the holiest site in Jerusalem, then fled back to the Temple Mount plaza outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque and engaged in a rare shootout with police.
Israeli Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld called the incident a “terrorist” attack and said all three attackers were killed. At least one had a knife and tried to stab Israelis, he said.
Police spokeswoman Luba Al Samri said the attackers were from the Israeli Arab city of Um El Fahm and were Israeli citizens.
The slain officers were identified as Hail Stawi, 30, of Majar and Kaamil Snaan, 22, of Horfis.
Video footage from the Temple Mount esplanade showed Israeli security forces taking cover amid a hail of gunfire, and police shooting a man at close range. Police ordered the plaza cleared and closed ahead of noon prayers Friday.
The fighting inside the complex was …