Police: Two killed in shooting on Tel Aviv thoroughfare, motive unclear

A gunman killed two people and wounded at least three others in central Tel Aviv on Friday before fleeing.

A woman reacts at the scene of an attack by an unidentified gunman, who opened fire at a pub in Tel Aviv killing two people and wounding five others on 1 January 2016. Picture: AFP/Daniel Bar On.

TEL AVIV - A gunman killed two people and wounded at least three others in central Tel Aviv on Friday before fleeing, Israeli police said, adding that the motive for the attack was unclear.

Nati Shakked, owner of the Simta bar on Dizengoff Street, which was hit by gunfire, said the assailant had waited on a bench outside before taking a machine-gun out of a bag and "shooting in every direction".

Israel has seen a wave of Palestinian street attacks since October, fuelled in part by Muslim anger over stepped-up Jewish visits to Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque complex, also sacred to Jews, as well as long-stalled peace talks.

"It was a terrorist attack, without a doubt," Shakked told Israel's Channel Two television.

Police said a manhunt was under way in Tel Aviv, Israel's commercial capital.