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Childhood friends, 27, were shot dead in a Tel Aviv bar when a ‘terrorist’ gunman opened fire before fleeing

TWO childhood friends were killed and eight injured after a suspected terrorist gunman opened fire at a tourist hotspot in Tel Aviv before fleeing.

Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian gunman after an hour-long manhunt through the city following the attack – the latest in a string of deadly street attacks that have killed 13 people.

Eytam Magini, 27, was shot dead by the gunman

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Eytam Magini, 27, was shot dead by the gunmanPhoto credit: Linkedin
His pal Tomer Morad, also 27, was also killed in the attack

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His pal Tomer Morad, also 27, was also killed in the attack
The gunman was identified as 28-year-old Ra'ad Hazem

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The gunman was identified as 28-year-old Ra’ad HazemPhoto credit: Twitter
First responders arrive at the scene of a shootout at a Tel Aviv cafe

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First responders arrive at the scene of a shootout at a Tel Aviv cafePhoto credit: AFP
At least two people have died and eight others have been injured

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At least two people have died and eight others have been injuredCredit: AP
Tel Aviv police said the shooter was at large

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Tel Aviv police said the shooter was at largePhoto credit: AFP

Buddies Tomer Morad and Eytam Magini, both 27, were in a bar when the gunman aimed at several spots on Dizengoff Street, which is one of Tel Aviv’s busiest pedestrian streets.

They were both shot dead, while eight others were injured, four of whom are said to be in critical condition, according to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital.

Residents were warned not to leave their homes and stay away from windows while hundreds of Israeli security officers, aided by a searchlight-equipped helicopter, scoured the streets in a desperate search for the lone gunman.

Officials found the gunman hiding near a mosque in Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv, Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said.

The attacker was killed in an exchange of fire, the authorities said.

Shin Bet identified the gunman as Ra’ad Hazem, a 28-year-old Palestinian from Jenin, a city in the occupied West Bank, who was in Israel illegally.

“Our city is in deep mourning,” said Kfar Saba Mayor Rafi Sa’ar times of Israel.

“My heart goes out to the families of the victims.”

A victim told Channel 13 News the shooting started outside a bar.

They said: “I saw the window shatter and suddenly I felt like I had been hit in the back. I left and suddenly felt a lot of blood.

“A friend helped me, neighbors, they took me to a house, held my back to stop the flow of blood. Then the ambulance came and picked me up.”

Evelyn Gertz, 34, who was eating next door, told the Times of Israel: “We ducked under the tables and people started crying, it was horrible.”

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

It comes as four Israelis were killed in a knife attack in Be’er Sheva on March 22.

Less than a week later, two border police officers were killed in a shootout in Hadera.

Meanwhile, two were Israeli citizens and two were Ukrainian nationals, as well as one civil servant gunned down in an attack in Bnei Brak on March 30th.

Israeli security and rescue personnel work at the entrance of a restaurant after the attack

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Israeli security and rescue personnel work at the entrance of a restaurant after the attackPhoto credit: Reuters
An injured man is hospitalized after an incident in Tel Aviv

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An injured man is hospitalized after an incident in Tel AvivPhoto credit: Reuters
Cops are urging residents to stay indoors and stay away from windows while they conduct a manhunt

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Cops are urging residents to stay indoors and stay away from windows while they conduct a manhuntCredit: AP
The attack happened on a busy street in Tel Aviv

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The attack happened on a busy street in Tel AvivPhoto credit: AFP

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