Suspected killer of tourist arrested

Islamic Jihad member admits to stabbing Italian peace activist in Jerusalem.

By ETGAR LEFKOVITS
August 19, 2006 13:47
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A 24-year-old Palestinian with ties to the Islamic Jihad was under arrest Saturday for the murder of an Italian tourist in east Jerusalem earlier this month who he mistook for a Jew, police said. The murder suspect, Ashraf Khaneishe, of the West Bank village of Kabatiya south of Jenin, was apprehended at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Friday, and has confessed to the August 10 stabbing attack, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said. Khaneishe, who was nabbed at the Kalandiya checkpoint following a week-long joint Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and police investigation, re-enacted the attack. He told police he came to Jerusalem to stab a Jew but mistakenly killed an Italian tourist. Angelo Frammartino, 24, from the town of Monte Rotondo, near Rome, was stabbed to death just outside the Old City near Herod's Gate while walking with a couple of tourists. He had come to Israel to help establish a summer camp for Arab children in Jerusalem, and was due to return to Italy the weekend after he was killed.

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