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Israeli authorities arrested eight suspects in connection with the Mercaz Harav yeshiva massacre.

Police said Sunday that the suspects were in custody on suspicion that they abetted the shooting spree by a Palestinian gunman from east Jerusalem. The terrorist killed eight seminary students in the attack late Thursday before being shot dead.

Given the speculation that the gunman operated on behalf of Hamas or Hezbollah, the Shin Bet security service has slapped a gag order on the investigation.

According to media reports, the detainees are fellow Arabs from east Jerusalem and may include members of the terrorist’s family, which is said to support Hamas. Though the gunman may have acted alone, it is possible that some of his friends or relatives knew of his intentions and failed to tell authorities.

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