Tragedy struck at Jerusalem's Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, on Friday morning when an obviously confused Jewish man was shot dead by a security guard.
The guard opened fire after the deceased shouted "Allahu Akbar" and pulled something from his pocket. The guard assumed the man was a suicide bomber. Many times in the past, Palestinian terrorists have dressed up as religious Jews in order to infiltrate crowded public venues.
The entire area in front of the Western Wall was sealed off following the shooting. Another Jewish worshiper who knew the 45-year-old victim described him as a mentally disturbed individual. "He always behaved strangely," the man told Israeli media. "He once said that he had become a Muslim."
The chief rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich, expressed his deep regret over the incident.
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