Hamas behind Beersheva bus terminal attack?
The police investigation into last week's Beersheva bus terminal attack has concluded that the terrorist was in contact with Hamas for months before the attack
Investigators working the case found that before the attack – during
which Muhand al-Uqbi, a 21-year-old native of Hura, shot and killed IDF
soldier Omri Levi and wounded several other Israelis – al-Uqbi had been
in contact with Hamas for a long period of time before the attack and
that on his phone he had pictures of Hamas members, weapons, and other
That information came to light in a statement put out
by the Negev police on Sunday, as they presented a pre-indictment motion
against al-Uqbi’s brother, who will be charged with failing to prevent a
crime, after investigators determined that he knew his brother had
acquired a pistol and was “going through a process of radicalization due
to the events on the Temple Mount and did not report it.”
According to police, last Sunday at 7:24 pm, al-Uqbi – armed with a
handgun - slipped into the bus station by way of an entryway next to the
McDonald’s at the station. Moments later Levi passed through the same
entrance and al-Uqbi began to follow him, police said, in order to kill
him and steal his assault rifle.
Police said al-Uqbi then saw
Levi head towards a bathroom at the station and he followed the soldier
into the bathroom, pulled out his pistol, shot him dead at point blank
range and stole his rifle.
After stealing the rifle, al-Uqbi
opened fire at a group of police officers who heard the gunshot and were
on their way to the bathroom. He then fled towards the dumpsters behind
the station, where he was shot by YASSAM special patrol officers.
Next to his body a knife was found, but it was not used in the attack, police said.
Bottom line: Al-Uqbi was in touch with Hamas for months and one can only assume that he received logistical support and maybe weapons from them. Lest anyone still think these are random attacks.
Labels: Beersheva, Hamas, Palestinian terrorism