One week later
Israel to ask PA for help finding Tel Aviv shooter

A week later, police reportedly to ask PA to aid in manhunt of Nashat Milhem, as weapon dealers and former cell mates are being questioned.

Ari Yashar,

Nashat Melhem
Nashat Melhem
Israel Police

A full week after Arab Israeli terrorist Nashat Milhem gunned down three people in Tel Aviv, the massive manhunt after him continues, but reportedly Israel is now turning to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in a request for help.

According to Channel 10, the police are to officially request on Friday that PA Security Forces aid in the search for Milhem, apparently under the estimation that Milhem fled to PA controlled territories in Judea and Samaria.

Police have reportedly started two new methods of gathering information on the fugitive terrorist. First, they are dredging for information from illegal weapons dealers in the "triangle region" in the north that is home to over 300,000 Arab citizens of Israel, and they also have begun interrogating terrorist prisoners who were together with Milhem in jail.

The search has ended in Tel Aviv, and now is focused on Milhem's hometown of Wadi Ara in the north and the "triangle region" in general. Several of Milhem's family members, including his father, have been arrested on suspicions of having aided him in fleeing and hiding.

The Israeli Security Agency (ISA) and the police reportedly estimate that Milhem's father Mohammed, who previously volunteered in the police and has a license for an automatic weapon, is hiding information from them that could lead to Milhem's capture.

Mohammed Milhem's arrest was extended on Friday by another three days, after already having been extended several times this week.

Milhem has proven to be a crafty terrorist. It was revealed that he threw away his phone to avoid detection before gunning down Israelis at a pub on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv, murdering two and wounding several others.

On Thursday police revealed he disabled the cameras of a taxi he took after the attack, before shooting the driver dead; the driver's body was found an hour after the initial shooting last Friday.

Back in July 2007 Milhem was convicted of attacking a soldier with a screwdriver and attempting to steal his gun at Karkur Junction to the east of Hadera.




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