(JNS.org) Israel’s Shin Bet security agency on Monday announced the arrest of five members from a Hamas terrorist cell in Nablus who are suspected of murdering Eitam and Na’ama Henkin, despite earlier claims of responsibility for the attack by a terror unit within Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party.
The Henkins were shot to death Oct. 1 as they drove near the village of Itamar in Judea and Samaria with their four children, who are now orphans. The Shin Bet said it arrested the terrorists through “joint intelligence and operational activity” with the Israel Defense Forces and Israeli police.
The investigation, said the Shin Bet, found that the terror cell “belonged to Hamas in Nablus, and was made up of five operates, each of which had a set role. One operative ensured the road was open. Three operatives drove in a car—a driver and two shooters. The cell commander was not in the vehicle. Additional suspects are in custody on suspicion of assisting the cell.”
“After receiving confirmation that the road was ‘clean,’ the shooting cell set off in their car, identified a vehicle belonging to the Henkin family, and opened fire. After the [victims'] car stopped, two members of the cell got out of their car, and fired again, from very short range, on those in the vehicle,” the Shin Bet added.
At that point, one of the men was accidentally shot, which caused the terrorists to flee and spare the lives of the Henkins’ four children. The suspects are being interrogated and have admitted to participating in two other shooting attacks.