Police arrest relatives of Jerusalem attacker

Israeli police early Friday arrested more than 10 relatives and friends of a Palestinian suspected of gunning down eight students at a Jewish religious school, witnesses said.

Police arrest relatives of Jerusalem attacker

Police have only said that the man suspected of entering the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva in predominantly west Jerusalem late Thursday and opening fire with an automatic rifle came from the Jabal al-Mukaber area of east Jerusalem.

But relatives of Alaa Hisham Abu Dheim, 25, said they were informed by police that he was the author of the attack that killed eight yeshiva students and wounded another nine.

Dheim's father, who was among those detained, was released hours later, they said.

Police declined to comment, with spokesman Micky Rosenfeld saying only that "a car directly linked to the suspect" was found in Jerusalem and that "an investigation is continuing."


Agencies

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