A private security guard shot and killed a Jewish man at a key Jerusalem holy site Friday,Israeli police said,after the man reportedly shouted in Arabic.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the guard fired a number of shots at the man,a 46-year-old Israeli,who appeared suspicious. The guard told police the man shouted Allahu Akbar God is great! in Arabic and had his hands in his pockets. Arab militants often shout that phrase before carrying out an attack.
However,Fridays incident,which took place at Western Wall,did not appear to be nationalist.
The guard said he opened fire because he suspected the man had a weapon in his pocket and thought he may be about to launch an attack. When asked if a weapon was found on the mans body,Rosenfeld said he had no more details.
Police identified the man as an Israeli Jew but did not release his name. He was later identified as Doron Ben-Shlush,a familiar worshipper at the Western Wall.
Rosenfeld told The Associated Press that the guard was questioned after the shooting.
Israel Radio reported he was 25 years old and has worked as a security guard for more than a year. His identity was not revealed.
Israeli media said the man was a regular visitor to the holy site,describing him as an eccentric who was known to act strangely.
I dont understand why he was shot. Everyone here knows him and his behavior, a witness said.