Police suspect that terrorists may have murdered a Gan Yavne taxi driver whose body was found Monday in an open field near the southern Israeli community.
Fifty-five year old Gregory Rabinovich was reported missing by his family two days earlier. He is survived by his wife and a daughter.
While police initially said that several possible motives were being investigated, suspicions of terrorism are growing. The victim had no criminal background, police said, and his vehicle was found near his body, reducing the odds that the attack was criminally motivated.
Rabinovich's body was bound, and had been battered, a senior investigator reported. The killing was unusually cruel, he added.
The investigation is being conducted by a special team from the Southern District's central police command.
Police said they may soon ask the public to assist in the investigation. Police sometimes reveal details from a case prior to its resolution in an attempt to locate eyewitnesses.