1 dead, 3 injured in mosque gang brawl

Knives and guns used as violence breaks out in Lod.

MDA 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
MDA 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
A 47-year-old man was killed and three others were seriously injured Saturday afternoon during a gang quarrel over a mosque next to the central bus station in Lod that turned serious.
The injured young men were taken to Asaff HaRofe hospital in Tsrifin.
The argument is believed to have started when members of one of the rival gangs refused to let members of the other gang into the mosque for prayers.
According to witnesses the gangs used knives as the brawl continued and at one stage live fire was heard.
Criminal identification experts found blood in many locations in the area but did not find the remainder of any bullets.
Salman Azbergeah, 47, was taken to hospital in a critical condition after the brawl but was announced dead on arrival.
A large number of police officers arrived at the scene in order to return calm to the area.
Police officers were also deployed to various houses of the rival gang members in an attempt to prevent revenge attacks.