Israel Holding 2 Palestinians for Murder of Shin Bet Agent

Security forces have arrested two Palestinians from the West Bank for the murder of an Israeli Shin Bet security agent in Jerusalem last week.

They are still searching for a third suspect. All three are relatives from the Aida refugee camp, near Bethlehem.

Haim Nahmani, 25, was stabbed and bludgeoned to death at an apartment in Jerusalem’s upscale Rehavia neighborhood on Jan. 3. He was due to meet an informer from the Islamic fundamentalist Hamas movement.

Security forces identified the two suspects in custody as Nasser and Mahmoud Abu-Srour, both students at Bethlehem University. The third suspect, Maher Abu-Srour, a Hamas activist, was the informer Nahmani was to meet.

Security sources said it was still not clear whether Maher was acting under orders or whether he was trying to clear himself of suspicion of being a collaborator.

Police said the two men in custody have confessed.

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