IDF Forces Kill Barkan Industrial Park Terrorist Following Two-Month Hunt
JNS.org – The Palestinian who murdered two young Israeli parents in October was found and killed by IDF forces early Thursday, following a two-month regional manhunt.
Ashraf Na’alowa, 23, had been assisted in hiding by a number of relatives and accomplices who were arrested in a joint operation between Israel’s Shin Bet security services, IDF forces, and Israeli police.
Both the terrorist and his victims — Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel and Ziv Hajbi — worked at the Barkan Industrial Park in the West Bank, which employs thousands of Israelis and Palestinians.
According to the IDF, Na’alowa’s father knew his son was preparing and training to commit a terror attack for weeks. The Shin Bet said Na’alowa was planning to conduct a second terror attack.
Security services said Na’alowa was armed when troops arrived to arrest him in Nablus, more than 30 miles from his home near Tulkarm.
Na’alowa was killed just hours after Israeli forces located Salih Omar Barghouti, the 29-year-old terrorist living near Ramallah, who shot seven Israelis as they were waiting at a bus stop in Ofra on Sunday night.
Among the victims was 30-weeks pregnant Shira Ish-Ran, who was critically injured and had to prematurely deliver her baby boy immediately after the attack. The infant — named Amiad Yisrael — died on Wednesday and was buried that night at the Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem.
Barghouti was fatally shot after attempting to attack troops while evading arrest, the Shin Bet said.
Hamas has claimed Barghouti as a member, calling his attack on the Ofra bus stop “heroic.”