Guard Kills Israeli at Western Wall
Victim had shouted 'Allahu Akbar'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 21, 2013 2:07 AM CDT
In this Monday, Feb. 12, 2007 file photo, Israeli soldiers and ultra-Orthodox Jewish men pray next to the Western Wall, in Jerusalem.   (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

(Newser) – A guard at Jerusalem's Western Wall holy site shot and killed an Israeli man this morning, thinking he was a Palestinian militant. The guard heard the man yell "Allahu Akbar," or "God is greatest" in Arabic, the BBC reports. "The fact he shouted Allahu Akbar, that seems to be why the security guard drew his weapon and fired a number of shots at him," a police rep said, per Reuters. The victim was also reportedly spotted pulling something out of his pocket as he left a public restroom nearby. Hundreds were visiting the wall for morning prayers; the site closed after the shooting.

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flapstick
Jun 22, 2013 3:06 PM CDT
Shoot first, ask questions later. You will not know the true meaning of that until you've been there.
Sphinx
Jun 21, 2013 2:37 PM CDT
Context for non-Muslims: Muslims say Allahu Akbar literally all the time. It is not a war cry. We say it when we're surprised, when we're happy, when we're angry, when we're sad... You name it. You can compare it to with "OMG" or "Great Scott!"
Telos
Jun 21, 2013 1:17 PM CDT
It is obviously a different twist, but it looks like suicide by police.