Tourists and locals in Tel Aviv love the bars. This one particular popular bar in the central Israeli city of Tel Aviv was the scene of a New Year’s day terror attack on Friday. An assailant fired on a group of people near a pub in Tel Aviv, killing two and seriously injuring four.
The Tel Aviv gunman is mentally unstable, not a radical militant, family attorney says on Israeli TV. The suspect was previously jailed for stealing IDF soldier’s gun.
The attack occurred at the Simta pub on Dizengoff 122, near the corner of Gordon St. One of people killed was identified as Alon Bakal, a manager at the pub. Bakal had moved to Tel Aviv three months ago after completing law and business studies in Netanya. The other was identified as Shimon Ruimi, 30, a resident of Ofakim.
Israel authorities are investigating the attack, and two witnesses said a person dressed in black and wearing a black mask carried out the attack with what appeared to be a military-style assault rifle.
A massive manhunt underway for suspect, identified as an Israeli Arab; two seriously wounded in shooting on corner of Gordon and Dizengoff; growing consensus among security officials that shooting was a terrorist attack.