TEL AVIV (Jun. 27)
A 17-year-old Israeli girl, missing for two weeks in a case that captured national attention here, was raped and murdered by a Bedouin a few miles away from her home in the Negev, the police have announced.
The teen-ager, Hanit Kikos of Ofakim, was hitching a ride to a friend’s birthday party in nearby Beersheba when she was accosted by Suleiman Abid, a tractor driver from Rahat village.
Police said Abid, who confessed to the crime, raped, killed and then buried Kikos at the Negev’s Dudaim garbage dump, where he worked.
Officials said the evidence indicated there was no nationalist motivation for the crime. Relations between Bedouins and Jews in the Negev have generally been good.