Prison officer found dead with stab wounds in burnt-out West Bank home named as Yochai Avni

An employee of the Israel Prison Service who was found dead yesterday in his burnt-out home in the West Bank settlement of Givon Hahadasha is named as 40-year-old dog handler Yochai Avni.

A gag order on many details of the case was issued by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court following a request from the police.

Police’s initial suspicions were of a “criminal incident,” since the body was found with stab wounds.

Later in the day, the Shin Bet security agency joined the investigation into the alleged murder — indicating that there are suspicions that it may have been terror-linked.

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