Security officials increasingly suspect that the murder of a taxi driver in Tel Aviv on Friday afternoon is connected to a fatal shooting attack in the city’s Dizengoff Street that occurred a short time earlier, Walla news reported Saturday.
Police and the Shin Bet internal security service believe Israeli Arab Nashat Milhem, the suspected shooter who killed two people and injured six others at Simta Bar in the city center, was also involved in the killing of 42-year-old Amin Shaaban, a Bedouin from Lod, the report said.
Shaaban’s body was found in the north of Tel Aviv about an hour after the shooting attack, in the city’s Yunitsman Street. Police have concentrated much of their search effort for Milhem in that area, according to Walla.
Shaaban had three wives and 11 children, his family said on Saturday.
His wife Sadia said Shaaban “lived for his children” and said she did not know how the family would manage without her husband.
“That’s it, he’s been murdered. We still don’t know by who. Now who will take care of the family?” she said. “The children have been left without a father.”
Shaaban was to be buried in Lod ay 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
Shaaban’s brother Raazi told Channel 2 news that Amin “was very well known in the city and never had any trouble with anyone.”
Shaaban’s body was found close to a local hotel. He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A massive hunt continued throughout Saturday for Milhem, a 29-year-old resident of Arara, a village in Wadi Ara in northern Israel.
Officials announced Saturday evening that Juadat Milhem, Nashat’s brother, had been arrested on suspicion of direct involvement in the murderous attack on Dizengoff Street. He was remanded into custody for five days by Haifa Magistrates Court. The court accepted a request from the state that he be barred from seeing a lawyer for three days.
Juadat is suspected of being an accomplice to murder, and of premeditated manslaughter. His lawyer said Juadat had nothing to do with the attack.