US condemns 'outrageous' Tel Aviv killing spree

US condemns 'outrageous' Tel Aviv killing spree

The United States on Tuesday condemned a shooting and stabbing spree in Tel Aviv that killed an American tourist and left 12 people wounded.

"The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today's outrageous terrorist attacks in Jaffa, Petah Tikvah, and Jerusalem, which tragically claimed the life of US citizen Taylor Allen Force and left many others severely injured," US State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.

The attacker - a Palestinian around 21 years old from the occupied West Bank - was shot dead by police near where US Vice President Joe Biden was meeting with Israel's former president, police said.

The slain American, Taylor Force, a 29-year-old native of Texas and a US army veteran, was a graduate student at Vanderbilt University, the school said in a statement.

"We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Taylor and all those affected by these senseless attacks, and we wish a speedy recovery for the injured," Kirby said.

"As we have said many times, there is absolutely no justification for terrorism," he added.

"We continue to encourage all parties to take affirmative steps to reduce tensions and restore calm." Five of the injured were in critical condition, officials said.

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