BORDER POLICE Lod 311.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Police continued investigating this week's drive-by murders in Lod, arresting a suspect and revealing a motive on Thursday.
The motive for Monday's murder of Sami Hijazi may have been money-related, Israel Radio reported.
Aharanovich vows to fight illegal arms, honor killings
Following two murders, Border Police sent to Lod
Hijazi, 41, was a contractor that installs water boilers, and also reportedly a loan shark. Police suspect that when he demanded a woman pay him back, her family attacked him.
Police reportedly presented their findings to Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich on Wednesday.
A suspect was arrested in connection to the second murder in Lod this week, of Emal Halili, 27.
The suspect, aged 43, was arrested at Ben Gurion Airport on his return
to Israel. He will be brought for a remand extension at the Ramle
Magistrate's court later Thursday.
Following the murders, an entire Border Police company was deployed in
the crime-ridden town. On a visit to Lod, Public Security Minister
Yitzhak Aharonovich said police and the Shin Bet will launch a campaign
to fight the use and possession of illegal firearms.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu plans to visit Lod on Thursday, to address the growing crime rate.