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Police chief: After a long night we were determined to get terrorist, dead or alive

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (center), Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai and Jerusalem District Commander Doron Turgeman at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, April 3, 2022. (Arie Leib Abrams/Flash90)
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (center), Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai and Jerusalem District Commander Doron Turgeman at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, April 3, 2022. (Arie Leib Abrams/Flash90)

Police chief Kobi Shabtai says Israeli security forces were determined to get the Tel Aviv terrorist “dead or alive.”

“After a long, difficult night of activity by the police, Shin Bet and IDF, we succeeded this morning — with operational and intelligence cooperation — to close the circle and killed the terrorist in an exchange of fire,” says Shabtai.

“We emphasized last night that no matter how long it took we would find the terrorist, dead or alive,” Shabtai says. “And when we found him this morning it required a quick reaction from the Yamam and Shabak forces in Jaffa.”

“We operated along two main paths, operational and intelligence, and this morning both led to the end of this rolling operation.”

“We are continuing with our top-level alert for the Israel Police in all regions and sectors, including the safeguarding of the first Friday prayers of Ramadan.,” he says. “We will react with a large deployment and force to any unusual instances as we did in Tel Aviv and we will hunt anyone who harms or tries to harm the citizens of Israel.”

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