Tel Aviv killer found

January 10, 2016 Agencies
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Israel’s Shin Bet security agency and police counter-terrorism forces on Friday found and shot dead Nashat Milhem, the Arab terrorist who fatally shot two Jews at a Tel Aviv pub on Jan. 1 and was also suspected to have murdered an Arab cab driver during his escape.

The scene of the Jan. 1 deadly shooting attack at a pub in Tel Aviv. Credit: Magen David Adom via Twitter.

The scene of the Jan. 1 deadly shooting attack at a pub in Tel Aviv. Credit: Magen David Adom via Twitter.

Milhem was hiding in the Arab town of Ar’ara in northern Israel for the past week, but changed his specific hiding place twice, likely with the assistance of his family. Israeli agencies, including the Shin Bet, analyzed and determined a number of possible hiding places, which then allowed them to find Milhem at a mosque the Arara on Friday.

Authorities are still investigating whether Milhem acted alone, whether he was influenced by the Islamic State terror group, and whether the attack was part of a plot by a larger terror cell, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued the following statement: “On behalf of all citizens of Israel, I would like to thank the Israel Police, ISA, and the police special anti-terrorism unit – they did their work professionally, methodically, day and night; they focused on the mission and they achieved it. All those who would murder Israelis should know that sooner or later we will find them, inside and outside the borders of the State of Israel. No one is immune. We will find the murderers and their accomplices.”

President Reuven Rivlin added: “I wish to express my support for the members of the security services who worked night and day over the last week – even more so than normal. To the police and search units, to the security servicemen, intelligence personnel, and those leading them.

We will not bow our heads in the face of the depraved terror we are facing in this difficult period. We will continue to choose life, even when in pain, even when the price we pay is heavy and so very difficult.”

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