'PA arrests suspects in Jenin governor shooting'

Arrests follow PA crackdown in the Jenin area, detaining scores of Fatah militiamen and security officers.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 11, 2012 12:08
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PA police in training demonstration in Ramallah 370 (R). (photo credit: Mohamad Torokman / Reuters)

 
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Palestinian security forces on Thursday arrested suspects in a shooting attack on the late governor of Jenin's home earlier this month. Kadoura Musa died of a heart attack shortly after the shooting.

A PA police spokesman told Palestinian news agency Ma'an that an investigation into the shooting revealed its circumstances and that the suspected gunmen were detained.

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Saying the investigation was still ongoing, the spokesman did not reveal any details or the names of the suspects, according to the report.

Earlier this week the commander in Jenin, Radi Asideh, said PA security officers and Fatah “outlaws” were responsible for the state of lawlessness in his city, was been dismissed from his job.

Asideh’s accusations came in response to Musa's death.

On the instructions of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, security forces launched a massive crackdown in Jenin and surrounding villages, detaining scores of Fatah militiamen and security officers suspected of involvement in criminal activities, including murder, extortion, kidnapping, armed robbery and rape.

Asideh’s remarks angered the PA leadership, a Palestinian security source told The Jerusalem Post.



On Thursday, Asideh was informed of the decision to remove him from his job and appoint him commander of the Kalkilya area, the source said.

Asideh was replaced by Muhammad al-A’raj, who assumed his new job Thursday.

Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report.

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