8 Dead in Jerusalem Shooting

Gunmen open fire at Jewish seminary; Gaza celebrates
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2008 3:24 PM CST
Medics evacuate a wounded Israeli from the site of a shooting attack in Jerusalem, Thursday, March 6, 2008. Two gunmen infiltrated a rabbinical seminary at the entrance of Jerusalem and opened fire after...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – At least eight people are dead and many more wounded after gunmen attacked a Jewish seminary tonight in Jerusalem, the BBC reports. The shooters—possibly as many as three—are Palestinian, Reuters adds, and two were killed. Witnesses said gunfire lasted 10 minutes. "They were still shooting when we got here," a medic said. "It's horrible inside—dead bodies and wounded—it's horrific."

An official of the militant Islamic group Hamas hailed the attack, which followed a weekend of Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip, which it controls. Hamas "blesses the heroic operation in Jerusalem, which was a natural reaction to the Zionist massacre," he said from Gaza, where celebratory gunfire was heard through the evening. (Read more Mercaz Harav stories.)