JERUSALEM (AP) — 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.
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, the police spokesman said. When asked if a weapon was found on the man's body, Rosenfeld said he had no more details.
Police identified the man as an Israeli Jew but did not release his name.
People who visit the Kotel are all required to pass through a metal detector and have their bags searched by guards, so it is not possible that this person could have smuggled a bomb or a weapon past the security station.