Associate in Havat Gilad terror attack charged as accomplice to murder

Palestinian Ahmed Kunba indicted for his role in January drive-by shooting of Raziel Shevach, along with multiple other attacks

Tamar Pileggi is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Rabbi Raziel Shevach (c) with his family, in an undated photo (Courtesy of the family)
Rabbi Raziel Shevach (c) with his family, in an undated photo (Courtesy of the family)

An accomplice of a Palestinian terrorist who shot dead Raziel Shevach near the West Bank settlement of Havat Gilad earlier this year was charged with attempted murder for his role in the terrorist attack.

Jenin resident Ahmed Kunba was also charged with plotting and carrying out several other security-related offenses along with Ahmad Nassar Jarrar. According to the charge sheet, among the attempted attacks against Israeli civilians or soldiers, the two opened fire at a bus, and unsuccessfully attempted to infiltrate the settlement of Dotan.

The West Bank military court in Salem extended Kunba’s remand by 15 days.

His lawyer, Fadi Qawasameh, told the court that his client’s testimony was obtained by Israeli authorities under duress, and should be invalidated.

Shevach, a father of six, was murdered by Jarrar on January 9, in a drive-by shooting, as he traveled down the highway outside the Havat Gilad illegal outpost where he lived.

Ahmad Nassar Jarrar, 22, head of the terror cell who shot dead Rabbi Raziel Shevach in the West Bank on January 9. (Twitter)

Jarrar escaped after the attack, but was killed in a shootout with IDF troops outside Jenin less than a month later.

According to the Shin Bet, troops from the Israel Defense Forces, Shin Bet and Israel Police’s Special Patrol Unit arrived at the building where Jarrar was hiding in the village of Yamoun, near Jenin, on February 6, following a “determined and complicated intelligence and operational effort.”

When Jarrar, 22, exited the building, he was armed with an M-16 assault rifle and a bag of explosives, prompting the Israeli troops to open fire. The suspected terrorist ringleader was killed in the shootout, the Shin Bet said.

In its announcement, the Shin Bet stressed that Jarrar had “personally taken part in the terror attack.”

“The Shin Bet investigation learned that the cell was also involved in additional attempts to carry out terror attack and was planning to conduct more,” the security service said.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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