Israeli police forensics experts work at the scene of the attack in Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv. Photograph: Reuters
Reports say suspected Arab gunman killed at least five people in Bnei Brak, east of Tel Aviv, before he was fatally shot
Israeli paramedics have said at least five people were killed in a shooting attack in a Tel Aviv suburb.
Amateur video broadcast on Israeli television stations showed a man dressed in black and pointing an assault rifle walking down a street in Bnei Brak, a Jewish ultra-Orthodox city east of Israel’s commercial capital.
Witnesses said he began shooting at apartment balconies and then at people on the street and in a car before he was fatally shot, in the latest of a string of attacks that have raised security concerns in Israel.
The Magen David Adom ambulance service said the gunman killed at least five people. “The terrorist was liquidated,” ambulance spokesman Zaki Heller said. It was not immediately clear who shot him.
Israeli media said initially that security services suspected the gunman was a member of Israel’s Arab minority. They later reported that security officials believe he was a Palestinian from the occupied West Bank.
A separate attack took place in the neighbouring town of Ramat Gan, medics and witnesses said. It was not immediately clear what weapon, or weapons, were used.
Last week, an Arab citizen of Israel killed four people in a stabbing and car-ramming attack in the southern city of Beersheba, before he was shot dead by a passerby. Israeli authorities said he was an Islamic State (IS) sympathiser.
On Sunday, as an Israeli-Arab summit convened in southern Israel, an Arab assailant, a resident of a town in the north of the country, shot and killed two police officers in Hadera, a city some 30 miles north of Tel Aviv. Other officers shot and killed him.
IS claimed responsibility for the Hadera and Beersheba attacks.