Suspect held on the killing of Esther Horgan

January 5, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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A 40-yr-old man who has served sentences for terrorist activities has been detained in Israel as a suspect for the brutal fatal attack on Esther Horgan.

Muhammad Cabha Photo: ISA

The Israeli Security Agency (ISA), in cooperation with the Israel Police (Samaria and Judea District), including the special anti-terror unit, and the IDF, in intelligence and operational activity, detained on December 24 for investigation by the ISA, in the murderous terrorist attack on the late Esther Horgan, perpetrated on 20 December 2020.

The suspect is Muhammad Cabha from the village of Tura al-Gharbiya, near Jenin.

Four additional suspects were arrested with him for assisting him in hiding from the security forces following the attack.

During his ISA and Israel Police investigation, it was learned that Cabha murdered Esther Horgan for nationalist motives; he also divulged additional details about the murder:

Approximately six weeks before the murder, the suspect decided to carry out a terrorist attack after he was influenced on hearing of the death of a security prisoner he knew, Kamal Abu Awar, who died in prison due to an illness.

Esther Horgan Photo: Courtesy

To this end, he went to the area of the murder via a breach in the security fence in order to familiarize himself with the area. After discerning scant traffic in the area and the passage of Israeli civilians, he decided that the place was suitable for carrying out the terrorist attack.

It was also learned that on 20 December 2020, in the afternoon, when the suspect was in the forest adjacent to Tal Menashe in order to engage in smuggling cigarettes through the fence, he identified a Jewish woman walking alone, and attacked and murdered her.

In the days following the attack, the suspect was aided by his relatives, as well as acquaintances in the village of Dayr al-Ghusun, in hiding from the security forces.

The investigation of the suspect is ongoing; upon its conclusion it is anticipated that he will be tried in the Samaria Military Court.

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