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The Southern District Attorney’s Office submitted an indictment in the Beersheba
District Court on Monday against a mother for murdering three of her children
and attempting to murder a fourth.
Ahlas Alarga’an, 26, perpetrated the
crimes on the night of September 18, for reasons that are still
She took a large knife from the kitchen and woke her son Abad
Almoheiman, 7, whom she then started to attack.
Abad survived his
mother’s initial murder attempt, the indictment said, and told his mother he
wanted to go to school.
Alarga’an responded that she did not want him to
leave. Instead, she wanted him to “go to heaven” and be done with “this filthy
world.” She continued stabbing him until he was dead.
woke her daughter Miriam, 5, before telling her to put her head down. She then
hacked her to death with the same knife. After Miriam was dead, Alarga’an
covered her with her blanket.
The mother then took a break to shower and
clean up. She changed her clothes and took a stroll in the area around her
house, the indictment noted.
Then she attacked another daughter, Shams,
3, with the same knife. Although Shams was wounded, she survived the attack.
Instead of attempting to kill her again, Alarga’an simply told her to stay in
bed and keep quiet.
Later, Alarga’an brought Shams out with her as she
approached her two-monthold daughter Dalal. She took the infant in her arms,
nursed her and then took a scarf and strangled her to death.
point while this was happening, Shams either fainted or fell asleep, wounded,
but still alive.
Alarga’an tried to commit suicide by hanging herself,
but failed. She subsequently tried to cut her own throat and wrists.
indictment stated that Alarga’an finally called a family member for medical
assistance and came out of her house, acting hysterical and in
According to the indictment, family members and others rushed to
the scene and began screaming for paramedics when they witnessed what had
happened to the children.
Media reports as well as aspects of the
indictment indicated that the state’s position would be that Alarga’an was
competent for trial and had killed in cold blood.