Terrorist told mother 'I'm going to heaven'

Shin Bet probes tip Hadar Cohen's murderers prayed at Al-Aqsa before attack; one terrorist revealed to have written parents minutes before.

Cynthia Blank,

Scene of Jerusalem attack
Scene of Jerusalem attack
Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

The investigation into the deadly shooting and stabbing attack last week at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate is ongoing as Israeli security forces continue to try and piece together new information. 

According to a Channel 10 report Tuesday night, the Israeli Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) received a tip that the three terrorists prayed at Al-Aqsa mosque before committing the attack which killed Border Police officer Hadar Cohen

The Shin Bet has been trying over the last few days to verify the information, which was apparently relayed by Palestinian sources in Kabatiya - the three terrorists' hometown. 

So far, the Israeli security agency has been unable to verify the claim. 

In addition, new details have been released about terrorist Ahmad Zaharana, who Channel 10 revealed on Monday had been questioned and later released by security forces last month over a series of suspicious Facebook posts. 

Minutes before the attack, Zaharana sent a Whatsapp message to his parents, writing, "Mom, I'm going to heaven. Forgive me, my father. I yearned to die as a martyr."


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