[Videos, photos and update below.] Police say that two Palestinian gunmen opened fire at the Beer Sheva Central Bus Station. They were armed with a rifle, a pistol and knives, Times of Israel reports.
Upon arrival, the two split up and began their attack in two different areas in the building, injuring at least six people. One eventually died of his wounds, r”l.
One terrorist was killed by security forces, and the other was seriously wounded.
Security forces are searching for any accomplices who may have helped the two Palestinian gunmen.
Four of the six wounded are said to be police officers, according to Ynet.
UPDATE from Times of Israel: One person was killed and at least four people were injured in simultaneous terror attacks at the Central Bus Station in Be’er Sheva.
Two attackers opened fire with a rifle and pistol at two different points in the terminal just after 7:30 p.m., injuring several people, including four police officers, police said.
One of the weapons was apparently stolen from a soldier, according to a Channel 2 report.
The attackers also apparently used blades to stab their victims, according to initial reports.
One attacker was shot and killed and the other was shot and wounded by security forces at the scene, police said.
Two people suffered serious injuries, two were hospitalized in moderate condition, and two were treated for light wounds, according to a spokesperson for the Magen David Adom rescue service.
A police spokesperson put the number of injured at six, and other media reports but the tally at seven. The discrepancy could not be immediately clarified.
Gadi Abuchatzira, deputy head of the MDA Negev Region, told Times of Israel that rescuers found a number of injured, all of them in their 20s, in the station.
“We arrived to the scene en masse and spread throughout the station to look for other victims. We did a triage and began giving life-saving treatment. Two of them had wounds to their upper bodies, they were unconscious,” Abuchatzira said.
One of those injured was reportedly one of the attackers.
“Four of the injured were fully conscious in moderate condition and suffering from gunshot wounds to the torso and legs. A woman was also injured with a gunshot wound to the limbs,” he said.
The attack, reports Times of Israel, was the first of what had been an otherwise quiet day, following a weekend that saw seven stabbings or stabbing attempts in Yerushalayim, Chevron and elsewhere, amid a spate of attacks by Palestinians terrorists.
The Central Bus Station was later shut and security personnel were searching the site for any additional threats.