Relatives of 16-year-old Beduin terrorist released

Police now believe the father, uncle of girl who shot at Border Police base were unaware of her plans.

shot terrorist 248.88 ap (photo credit: AP)
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The father and uncle of 16-year-old Basma Awad al-Nabari, who was killed after opening fire on a Border Police base in the Negev on Saturday, were released from detention on Wednesday morning. The Beersheba Magistrate's Court ordered the release of 36-year-old Awad al-Nabari, Basma's father, and his brother, 30-year-old Ibrahim al-Nabari, with the police's consent. At first, authorities had suspected that the girl's parents and uncle had knowledge of Basma's intent to carry out the attack at the Tel Shoket junction, but did nothing to stop her. However, following their investigation, they concluded that this was not so. On Sunday, the police representative in court, Haim Didi, said that messages of incitement to violence and documents linking the girl to Hamas had been seized from Basma's bedroom. Evidence had been seized from a computer as well. A collection of writings and drawings by Basma was shown by police to the media, including drawings of a girl with a gun, and written declarations of a desire to become "a martyr," attack soldiers and police officers, and "take revenge" for Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. "She said in her writings that she would carry out an attack and become a shahid, a martyr," Tamir Abatbi, spokesman for the Negev Police, told The Jerusalem Post. "I have a great desire to die for Palestine... I have a great desire to die for Gaza," one of the messages read.