22-year-old Israeli murdered in Peru

Tamar Shahak apparently strangled to death in armed robbery; Israel requests Interpol investigation.

Arequipa 224 88 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Arequipa 224 88
(photo credit: Courtesy)
A 22-year-old Israeli tourist was found murdered in Arequipa, in southern Peru, the Foreign Ministry announced Sunday night. The victim was identified as Tamar Shahak. Israel Radio reported that she was an announcer for Army Radio and a correspondent for Walla. According to the report, Shahak was in the middle of an extended trip through South America. Her family has been informed of her death. The circumstances of the incident are being investigated in cooperation with Peruvian police, and Israel has requested that Interpol be involved in the inquiry. Initial investigations at the scene found that Shahak had been strangled to death, apparently during an armed robbery. Meanwhile, the bodies of the four Israelis killed in a car crash in Bolivia on Thursday arrived in Israel on Monday morning. The four childhood friends will be buried in a joint funeral ceremony in Haifa.