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PETER CAVE: To the Middle East, where at least seven people have been killed in gunfire at a Jewish
rabbinical seminary in west Jerusalem. Early reports are quoting witnesses who've said a gunman
entered the religious school and opened fire. Those earlier reports said that up to 30 people were
wounded.

I'm joined now by our Middle East correspondent Ben Knight who's at the scene.

Ben, what have you been able to piece together?

BEN KNIGHT: Well I'm standing Peter in a street full of, as you may be able to hear, very angry
people. This has been a surprise terror attack in Jerusalem. It's the first in some time since the
suicide bombing in Dimona and a long time before that.

What's happened is that at least one person, presumably one person, has walked inside a rabbinical
school, a yeshiva, here in the suburb of Kiryat Moshe, carrying a nine millimetre pistol and a
Kalashnikov rifle and opened fire.

Numbers are still being confirmed. Bodies are still inside. None has come out yet. Reports vary
between seven and 10 people killed, many more taken to hospital. Police are still inside. As is
standard practice in these situations, they assume there is a second gunman and possibly a third
but no word on that yet. The person believed to be responsible is dead inside. There are talks of a
suicide vest also being involved.

PETER CAVE: That hasn't been confirmed as yet though?

BEN KNIGHT: That hasn't been confirmed, no. In fact, there's a lot that is still to be confirmed.
Police are still inside. Crime scene investigators, bomb squad - all still inside, everyone waiting
outside and trying to digest what has happened to rock the calm that has been sitting over
Jerusalem for some time now. This has come as a surprise...

PETER CAVE: Why was this particular, why was this particular school a target do you think?

BEN KNIGHT: We don't know anything about that at the moment. There are early reports coming through
of a claim of responsibility on al-Manar Television. A group has, calling themselves a Phalange of
Free Men of Galilee, a group of martyrs of Imad al-Mughniyeh, and martyrs of Gaza have said that
they are responsible for this. That is as much as we know at the moment.

Of course, there has been quite a bit of violence in Gaza over the past week, with Israeli forces
launching a ground attack and also with a large number of rockets being fired from Gaza on the
Israeli towns of Sderot and Ashkelon. That has quietened down over the past few days. It was
thought that perhaps things might have been calming down for some time. So this has really come out
of the blue.

PETER CAVE: Ben, Chief Inspector Micky Rosenfeld from the Jerusalem Police has been speaking to Al
Jazeera Television. He says police are investigating the identity of what appears to have been a
lone gunman. Let's see if he can throw any more light on what's been happening.

MICKY ROSENFELD: What I can confirm is that about 2.5 hours ago one terrorist made his way into the
academy, in the gate just behind us over here. He opened fire sporadically, using his Kalashnikov
weapon. He killed at least seven people. We can confirm seven bodies are scattered out around the
entrance as well as in the library. The terrorist himself was shot and killed in the library and
our bomb disposal experts as well as our SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team searched the
building to make sure that we could eliminate the possibility of any other further terrorists, and
at the moment we can say that only one terrorist carried out this lethal attack this evening.

But an attacker, a terrorist making his way inside yeshiva and killing innocent students that have
come here to study, for no reason whatsoever, is something that as far as we were concerned is
somewhat of a surprise. This type of level of attack is certainly a step and a stage up and is
something that we're going to have to be ready and prepared to deal with once again, as they did
take place in the days of the Intifada in the years 2003 and '04.

PETER CAVE: Ben, have you noticed any increased security around Jerusalem in recent days?

BEN KNIGHT: No, not a lot it has to be said. I passed through the various checkpoints at Gaza just
a few days ago and when you're coming into Jerusalem there's obviously an incredibly high level of
security but inside Jerusalem no, not particularly. You walk into a shopping centre, you walk into
a restaurant, it's a fairly cursory look in the bag and metal detector if they feel like it.

So, it's been quite a relaxed year around the city, but that will obviously change and particularly
around the religious schools.

PETER CAVE: How much anger has what's been happening in the Gaza stirred up in the West Bank?

BEN KNIGHT: It's difficult to say. There's certainly been some increased violence in the West Bank
and there have been Israeli armed forces conducting operations and (inaudible), there has been
stone throwing. There has been some deaths. Israeli forces have shot dead Palestinian protesters
and one Israeli soldier has in fact died today patrolling the Gaza Strip.

So, in hindsight, you look at it, the signs were perhaps there, but certainly there was nothing
that would suggest a terrorist attack like this was going to be imminent.

PETER CAVE: Middle East correspondent Ben Knight live from the scene of today's attack in
Jerusalem.