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Security forces gather at the scene of a shooting attack in Dizengoff Street in the centre of Israel's Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv on April 7, 2022. Image Credit: AFP

Tel Aviv: Israeli security services on Friday killed a gunman who shot dead two people and wounded several more in the coastal city of Tel Aviv.

"The terrorist who carried out yesterday's armed attack in Tel Aviv has been located and neutralised," officials said.

Mayor Ron Huldai said the shooting, at the start of the weekend in Israel, was suspected to have been carried out by an attacker with “nationalistic” motives who entered a pub and opened fire. Three other people were seriously wounded.

Television footage showed armed officers running down Dizengoff Street, a crowded street of shops, bars and restaurants, and side alleys trying to track down the attacker.

“A terrorist opened fire at short range and then fled on foot. Several people are wounded,” police spokesman Eli Levy said on Channel 13 television. “Dont leave your homes. Dont stick your heads out of the window. Stay off your balconies.

At nearby Ichilov hospital, Mark Malfiev, 27, was being treated for a gunshot wound. He said he was passing by the bar when the shooting started.

“I saw the window shatter, people suddenly started running, and I felt getting hit in the back,” he told reporters from a hospital bed. “I felt a lot of blood. I saw blood.” Prior to Thursday’s shooting, 11 people had been killed by Arab attackers in Israel over the past month, the sharpest spike in years.

“Horrified to see another cowardly terror attack on innocent civilians, this time in Tel Aviv. Praying for peace, and sending condolences to the victims and their families. This has to stop!” US Ambassador Tom Nides said on Twitter.