Police Chief says Temple Mount attack is 'unusual' and has 'international significance'

While visiting the scene of the deadly attack in Jerusalem's Old City, Police Chief Roni Alsheikh called it "unusual" and "extreme."

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Israeli Police chief Roni Alsheikh on Friday visited the scene of the deadly shooting attack in Jerusalem's Old City, calling it "an unusual and extreme incident" and saying it will be dealt with appropriately.

"A shooting on Temple Mount is a very serious incident that has political and international significance," Alsheikh said after being briefed by Yoram Halevy, the Jerusalem District Police Commander.

Police have closed Temple Mount for worshipers until the investigation is completed.

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According to a preliminary inquiry, three armed terrorists fired at Israelis at Lions' Gate then fled to the mosques on Temple Mount. Police forces chased and neutralized them. Three officers were critically injured.

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The terrorists were reportedly carrying Israeli IDs. Police believe they did not live in Jerusalem and are still investigating where they came from.

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