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November 20, 2015 11:19 am

Indictment: Palestinian Terrorists Planned to Abduct, Not Kill Henkins

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Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin were shot dead in their car by Palestinian terrorists. Photo: Israel Foreign Ministry.

Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin were shot dead in their car by Palestinian terrorists. Photo: Israel Foreign Ministry.

JNS.org – The Oct. 1 Palestinian terrorist attack in which the Jewish couple Eitam and Naama Henkin were shot to death in front of their children was originally planned as an abduction, an indictment filed Thursday with a military court in Judea and Samaria revealed.

According to the indictment, the four terrorists—Yahia Hajj Hamad, Ziad Amar, Karem Razek, and Samir Kusah—were members of a Hamas cell that had sought to carry out shooting attacks against Israelis, but after their attempts to kill Jews failed, they decided to stage an abduction.

The prosecution said that on Oct. 1, the terrorists spotted the Henkins’ vehicle and pursued it. After they caught up to the car, Hamad fired dozens of shots at the victims. As a result, Eitam Henkin was wounded and his car became stuck on the road’s shoulder. Hamad and Razek then approached the vehicle to abduct the family. With Eitam using the last of his strength to fight Razek’s attempts to steal his gun, Hamad shot him at point-blank range, killing him. Immediately afterward, he shot and killed Naama. The children witnessed their parents being killed.

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