First Israeli ISIS Attack? 2 Killed in Tel Aviv Shooting – Tweet Warning of Attack Investigated

First Israeli ISIS Attack? 2 Killed in Tel Aviv Shooting – Tweet Warning of Attack Investigated

Yesterday, in Tel Aviv, a 29 year-old Muslim terrorist browsed through dried fruit and then nonchalantly pulled an Italian Spectre M4 submachine gun from his pouch and sprayed a bar and restaurant, killing two and seriously wounding seven others. The gunman is still at large and is being hunted. A Tweet the day before warned of an ISIS attack in Tel Aviv. Authorities are trying to determine if it was connected to this shooting. They suspect it was. The attack took place at a downtown bar named Simta on Dizengoff Street with witnesses describing how the shooter smiled as he sprayed bullets into the packed bar. The first victim was 26 year-old Alon Bekel, manager of the bar where the attack occurred. It was a horrific attack and an awful way to close out 2015 in Israel. ISIS has not yet taken credit for the killings.

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From the Daily Mail:

Police are investigating if a shooting which left two dead in a bar in Israel was the first terror attack inspired by ISIS on the country as officers hunt the gunman.

The gunman entered a grocery store in central Tel Aviv, pulled out a gun and opened fire on customers at a nearby restaurant, leaving two dead and at least seven others seriously wounded.

The suspect is believed to be a 29-year-old Arab Israeli man, possibly from Wadi Ara in the district of Haifa. His father identified him after watching the CCTV footage and contacted the police.

Yesterday a tweet was posted warning of an attack on the street in Tel Aviv. The tweet claimed to be representing ISIS although the jihadi group have not claimed official responsibility for the attack.

The attack took place at a downtown bar Simta on the city’s Dizengoff Street with witnesses describing how the shooter smiles as he sprayed bullets into the packed bar.

The first victim has been named as 26-year-old Alon Bekel, manager of the bar where the attack occurred.

The Israeli police are hunting for the lone gunmen, who was reportedly identified by his father after watching the CCTV footage.

The gunman’s weapon was later found dumped inside a green rubbish bin after he fled the scene.

The terrorist’s weapon was later found dumped inside a green rubbish bin after he fled the scene. ‘All possible angles are being investigated. Large-scale police forces are conducting searches for him,’ police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. The shooting comes amid a recent wave of Palestinian attacks on Israelis and just days after ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi threatened the Jewish state with violence. Shortly before spraying the bar with fire, the assailant was spotting sitting on a park bench. People were relaxing before the beginning of Shabbat… some were at the bar celebrating a birthday. Hundreds of police were scouring the area, entering buildings in the vicinity and northward, where the assailant was believed to have fled, and police helicopters buzzed overhead. Haim Pinto was closing his jewelry store near the pub when the shooting began. ‘People started running in my direction, yelling ‘terrorist, terrorist.’ I saw the commotion and went right back into my store, another girl came in and we hid in the bathroom till the shooting ended,’ he told AFP. Pinto said the pub had opened ‘just a few months ago.’ Israelis and tourists were all surely flashing back to the Paris attacks during the shooting. Twenty Israelis, an American and an Eritrean have been killed in a wave of Palestinian attacks since October 1st, including stabbings, car-rammings and gunfire targeting security forces and civilians. ISIS said they would move against Israel and this looks like just the beginning.

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Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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