At least three dead, five injured, after shooting in Tel Aviv

Incident occurred in area of trendy cafes and restaurants in centre of city

Israeli security personnel secure the area in central Tel Aviv where a shooting attack took place on Wednesday. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Israeli security personnel secure the area in central Tel Aviv where a shooting attack took place on Wednesday. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

 

Two gunmen opened fire in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday, killing three people and wounding at least five others, Israel police said.

Spokeswoman Luba Samri said there were reports of shooting in two locations close to the popular open-air Sharona market.

Another spokeswoman, Meirav Lapidot, said initial reports showed there were “at least two terrorists”. She said both were “neutralised”, which can mean either killed or detained.

Ms Samri said one of the attackers is being treated in hospital.

Meital Sassi told Channel 10 TV she was out with her family celebrating her son’s birthday when she heard shots and “immediately understood it was a terror attack”.

“We ran like lightning with the baby and the stroller . . . I yelled at people who didn’t understand what was happening to run,” she said.