Reports that two of the five suspects arrested on suspicion of
involvement in the murder of Abiv Abu Katifo, 34, in Lod on Tuesday night could
be connected to other recent slayings in the city were unfounded, a police
source told The Jerusalem Post
The two suspects, brothers
aged 24 and 26, were arrested along with Katifo's husband, his brother, and his
cousin early on Wednesday.
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"We're not saying that any of the suspects
directly carried out the shooting at this stage. They are however suspected of
involvement," the police source added. "The investigation is still at an early
Katifo, a mother of five, was mortally wounded from multiple gunshot
injuries and rushed by unknown individuals to the Assaf Harofe Medical Center in
Tzriffin, where she died of her wounds.
All suspects are due to appear at
the Ramle Magistrate's Court in the coming hours.
Katifu was gunned down
as she entered her vehicle near her home on Tuesday night. She was rushed by
unknown individuals to the Assaf Harofeh Hospital in Tzriffin, where doctors
pronounced her dead. Those who brought the woman to hospital left without being
Large numbers of police were mobilized to the scene and a
homicide investigation has been launched.
The shooting is not only the
third homicide in Lod this month, but the thirteenth murder in two
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch had recently
deployed large numbers of Border Police to Lod in an effort to quell the growing
violence in the city following a spate of shootings. On Wednesday, he ordered
yet more Border Police into the city, and declared the start of a new drive to
seize illegal firearms in Lod.
"Preventing murders, especially 'family
honor' slayings, will not be achieved through increased enforcement, but through
a change in culture, education, legal deterrence, an increased role by welfare
services, and an improvement in infrastructure," Aharonovitch said.
Israel, we will not see a situation in which a police officer sleeps in every
home," the public security minister said. "When a crimes arrive at the police's
door, it means that all the other arms of the state have failed," he added.
police cannot replace health workers, courts, social workers, teachers and
parents." Lod will in the coming months enter an urban policing pilot scheme, in
which municipal inspectors with some police powers will patrol the city's
streets, as part of an effort to mitigate violent crime, the Public Security
"We call on the residents of the city to increase
cooperation in order to unite the ranks in the war against crime and violence,"
the Ministry added.
Earlier this month, a 27-year-old mother of three was
shot dead from close range in her car before her two young children.
48-year-old man was also shot dead this month in his car before his daughter
near city hall.