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Israeli security identify Beersheba attack suspect, detain relative

Oct. 19, 2015 10:41 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 20, 2015 10:29 A.M.)
Israeli security forces stand in a security perimeter following an attack by a Palestinian in August 2015. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli security forces have identified a Palestinian suspect who opened fire at a Beersheba bus station on Sunday killing an Israeli soldier and injuring nine other people, detaining one of the man's relatives in relation to the incident.

The suspect was identified as Muhannad al-Aqabi, 21, a Bedouin citizen of Israel from the Negev town of Hura, Israeli police said.

Israel's Shin Bet security agency have questioned al-Aqabi's relatives on suspicion that he had help, including weapon training, to carry out the attack.

One family member was detained on suspicion of helping to plan the attack.

Al-Aqabi attacked Israelis at the central bus station in the southern Israeli city after entering the terminal with a knife and gun, killing an Israeli soldier and injuring nine people, including four other soldiers.

He was shot dead at the scene.

The Israeli soldier was identified as Omri Levi, 19.

Meanwhile, an Eritrean man who was shot after being suspected of being a second attacker died from his injuries on Monday.

The man was identified asHaftom Zarhum, 29, and had traveled to Beersheba to obtain a visa,Israelinews site Haaretz reported.

Graphic video footage shows Zarhum being assaulted and kicked in the head as he lies bleeding on the ground, with several benches thrown at him as an angry Israeli mob surrounds him, believing the asylum seeker to be involved in the attack.

Israeli police have not said whether anyone has been detained for the attack on the Eritrean.
Comments
Andrea / UK
The families of Lebanese Hizballah fighters are increasingly opposing the deployment of their family members to Syria, reports said Sunday, adding that the terrorist organization has increased its compensation to families of fallen fighters in an attempt to halt the trend.
19/10/2015 11:18
Olga / USA
May the Written man's soul rest in peace and shame on those accusers. What if it were any of you? Beersheba.. Beer no longer exists. Guy pulled an American. They don't do that here anymore. My condolences to the Levi family.
19/10/2015 11:26
Yassin Ahmed / Sudan
Will the dead Eritrean get a state funeral, or do kushites not count?
19/10/2015 19:24
Tibi / Tubas
The arrest, check-point, and shooting treatment that Palestinians receive is a JUST RESPONSE to the attacks they make against Israelis !!
19/10/2015 20:39
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