Terrorist arrested over murder of father and son near Hevron
It has been cleared for publication that a joint security operation between the Shin Bet security forces and IDF Duvdevan counter-terrorism forces succeeded in capturing one of the terrorists behind in the murder of Rabbi Ya’akov Litman and his son Netanel on Friday.
Security forces also seized what they believe to be the murder weapon, as well as the vehicle that was used in the shooting attack close to the town of Otniel.
Under interrogation the terrorist implicated himself in the attack. The remaining details of the case are still the subject of a gagging order.
Last night, father and son were buried amid scenes of immense grief at Jerusalem’s Har Hamenuchot cemetery.
Some details are already known about the attack, including how the terrorists – who first raked the family car with gunfire as they overtook it – then attempted to “confirm” their kill by firing repeatedly at the car after it ground to a halt.
18-year-old Netanel managed to alert emergency services to the attack before being fatally wounded, while his 16-year-old brother, who was shot in the leg, also called emergency services and even directed them to the scene.
This morning, it was further revealed that one of the terrorists actually opened the back passenger door of the car after peppering it with bullets, and came face-to-face with the family’s 12-year-old daughter Moriah, who shouted “No!”
The terrorist did not open fire, and security forces are investigating if this was the result of his weapon jamming.
Moriah’s cousin, Rabbi Mordechai Antebi, recounted her terrifying ordeal to Reshet Bet radio. He added that Moriah immediately recognized the terrorist’s picture when she was shown a lineup of five suspects by Shin Bet security personnel.