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Palestinian gunman kills 2 in Jerusalem, shot dead


Jerusalem: A Palestinian opened fire from a car in Jerusalem today and again as police chased him, killing two people, authorities said, after concerns over the potential for a new upsurge in violence.

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The gunman was killed soon after carrying out the attack near police headquarters, close to the line dividing mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem from the mostly Jewish western sector of the city.

The shooting rampage comes at a time of increased Jewish visitors to the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem for the holidays of Rosh Hashanah, which was last week, and Yom Kippur, which begins Tuesday evening.

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Police said the 39-year-old assailant fired in the direction of a tram station in the area, seriously wounding a woman.

He then continued at high speed and shot at a car, leaving another woman badly hurt, they added.