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Hate Crime

Three killed at gay club in Tel Aviv

Sky News  Aug 02, 2009

Israeli police say a gunman entered a youth club for gay teens in central Tel Aviv and sprayed the interior with automatic rifle fire, killing three people.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said it was 'most likely a criminal attack and not a terror attack'.

Tel Aviv has been a target for Palestinian militants in the past.

He said the gunman burst into the basement of the Tel Aviv Gay and Lesbian Association and opened fire on a support group for gay teenagers.

Police are searching the area for the gunman, who fled the scene, he said. Roadblocks were set up.

Rescue services said six of the wounded were badly hurt.

'This was a hate crime, a premeditated attack,' witness Yaniv Weisman told Channel 10 TV.

He said Cafe Noir, the basement club, was popular with youth.

'Those hurt were very young,' he said.

Openly gay Knesset politician Nitzan Horowitz said it was 'without a doubt the biggest ever attack on the Israeli gay community, we are all in shock'.

Witnesses told Israeli media that the gunman was dressed all in black, and described the scene as a 'bloodbath'.

Three killed at gay club in Tel Aviv
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