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Jewish man shot near Western Wall

An Israeli Jew has been shot dead near the Western Wall in Jerusalem by a security guard who says he mistook the man for a Palestinian militant.

Police say the guard shot the man after hearing him shout "Allahu Akbar", as hundreds of worshippers were attending morning prayers.

Micky Rosenfeld of the Israeli police said private security guards approached the man before he was shot.