Incident Summary:

03/06/2008: A Palestinian terrorist opened fire at Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem, killing eight students and wounding 10 others. It happened at around 8:45pm. The gunman fired rounds of ammunition into the library where 80 students gathered in the library to celebrate the Hebrew month of Adar II which begins that Friday. IDF gunmen killed the gunman four minutes into the spree. Al-Quds Martyrs Brigade and the Martyrs of Imad Mughniyah took separate responsibility for the shooting attack. Hamas fighters claimed the shooting's motive was because of Israel's military operation in the coastal strip in which more than 100 Palestinians were killed.

GTD ID:
200803060006

When:
2008-03-06

Country:
Israel

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Jerusalem

City:
Jerusalem

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Jewish center
Specific Description Mercaz Harav Yeshiva's students
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Israel Defense Forces shot the gunman dead.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) al-Quds Brigades Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 9 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 9
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Tracy Connor, "'LIKE A SLAUGHTERHOUSE' 8 KILLED AS GUNMAN'S BLOODY SHOOTING SPREE LEAVES JERUSALEM SEMINARY LOOKING," Daily News (New York), March 7, 2008."
"Peter Hirschberg, "Gunman kills at least eight in Jewish seminary," The Irish Times, March 7, 2008."
"Etgar Lefkovitz, Matthew Wagner, Judy Siegel and Herb Keinon, "Gunman kills 8 at flagship J'lem yeshiva. Mercaz Harav hit by worst terror attack in capital since second intifida. Killer came from east Jerusalem. Thousands celebrate in Gaza. Police on nationwide alert," The Jerusalem Post, March 7, 2008."