JERUSALEM (AP) — A relative says three Palestinian assailants who killed two Israeli policemen from inside a Jerusalem holy site were devout Muslims who frequently visited the shrine.
Police have identified the assailants as Arab citizens of Israel and members of the Jabareen clan.
A relative, Yehiyeh Jabareen, says clan members are in shock over Friday’s attack at the holy site, a walled compound revered by both Muslims and Jews.
Israel’s police chief says the attackers used weapons stored inside the compound and opened deadly fire on a police patrol.
Yehiyeh Jabareen told The Associated Press that the two younger attackers, both 19, belonged to a kick-boxing club. He says the older relative, a 29-year-old, was unemployed and had health problems.