The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) has arrested a chief suspect in a fatal shooting attack that took the lives of a father and son in the West Bank on Friday.
Under questioning the suspect has given details that link him to the attack, the Shin Bet said in a statement on Sunday announcing the arrest. They said that they also found the rifle and the car which were used in the attack.
The suspect – whose name was not released for publication – was arrested as part of a joint operation involving Shin Bet agents, the Duvdevan undercover unit of the IDF, and troops from the Yehuda Brigade, the Shin Bet said.
The man was brought into custody for his alleged involvement in the murder of Rabbi Ya’akov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, who were gunned down outside Otniel south of Hebron on Friday afternoon while they were on their way to a pre-wedding Shabbat celebration for one of Litman’s daughters.
The gunman also lightly wounded five other family members, including Litman’s wife, three daughters aged 5, 9, and 11, and a 16-year-old son.
Following news of the arrest, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon praised security forces and said “we pursue terrorists and those who send them everywhere and at all times, and we do not rest until we put our hands on them. Anyone who plans an attack on Israeli civilians must know that their blood is on their hands and we will settle accounts with them.”