A police officer wounded in Tuesday morning's terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue has died, raising the total number of fatalities to five.
The officer was identified as Zidan Saif, 30, and is scheduled to be laid to rest on Wednesday, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Saif was wounded when two Palestinians, armed with a gun, meat cleaver and other knives, stormed a Jerusalem synagogue and attacked innocent worshippers during morning services. The attackers were later killed by Israeli police, but not before fatally wounding five and injuring several others.
In a statement, President Barack Obama condemned the assault as a terrorist attack.
“I strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack on worshipers at a synagogue in Jerusalem, which killed four innocent people, including U.S. citizens Aryeh Kupinsky, Cary William Levine, and Mosheh Twersky, and injured several more,” Obama said in a statement. “There is and can be no justification for such attacks against innocent civilians. The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the victims and families of all those who were killed and injured in this horrific attack and in other recent violence. At this sensitive moment in Jerusalem, it is all the more important for Israeli and Palestinian leaders and ordinary citizens to work cooperatively together to lower tensions, reject violence, and seek a path forward towards peace.”
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