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Detectives used phone Elad terror suspect left at scene to identify attackers — report

Subhi Emad Sbeihat, left, and As’ad Yousef As’ad al-Rifa’i, from a West Bank town near Jenin, the alleged Palestinian perpetrators of the Elad terror attack on May 5, 2022 in which three Israelis were killed and several seriously wounded. (Courtesy)
Subhi Emad Sbeihat, left, and As’ad Yousef As’ad al-Rifa’i, from a West Bank town near Jenin, the alleged Palestinian perpetrators of the Elad terror attack on May 5, 2022 in which three Israelis were killed and several seriously wounded. (Courtesy)

One of the suspects in the Elad terror attack dropped his phone at the scene, according to Channel 12, which said that detectives hacked the phone and managed to discover the identities of the two terrorists.

Over the course of the manhunt, troops followed bloodstains believed to have been from injuries the pair sustained during the attack. Several of the victims fought with the terrorists, according to medical and security officials.

On Saturday evening, security forces found an item soaked in blood and a tree with evidence it had been hit with an axe, further strengthening their assumption that the pair were still near Elad, Channel 12 reports.

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