The bodies of Aryeh Kopinsky (C), Calman Levine (L) and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg lie in vehicles during their funeral near the scene of an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue, November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Two Palestinians armed with a gun and meat cleavers burst into a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday and killed four Israelis before being shot dead in the city's bloodiest attack in years.All four victims were Israelis with dual nationality -- three were U.S. citizens and the fourth British, police said.The bloodshed took place as months of unrest gripped Jerusalem's annexed Arab eastern sector, resulting in a string of deadly attacks by lone Palestinians and further inflamed by the death of a Palestinian bus driver in controversial circumstances.As well as the four killed, eight other people were wounded, including two policemen, one of whom was in critical condition, with eyewitnesses saying several people had limbs hacked off.The attack began shortly before 7:00 a.m. when the assailants burst in, waving meat cleavers and a gun at the synagogue in a Jewish seminary in Har Nof.Three policemen engaged in a gunbattle with the attackers who were shot dead, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.A similar attack to Tuesday's took place in March 2008 when a Palestinian gunman killed eight students and wounded 11 at the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva just two kilometers away before being shot dead.
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