The Times of Israel reports: Nashat Milhem, the Israeli Arab who killed three Israelis in Tel Aviv on January 1 and was shot dead in a gun-battle with security forces in his home village of Arara a week later, was a terrorist acting out of “nationalistic” motives, Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said on Saturday night.
Erdan said Milhem received assistance in escaping Tel Aviv on January 1 and, especially, as he hid out in the Arara area for a full week before he was confronted and killed on Friday afternoon. The wider operation against those who helped him “is continuing even as we speak,” Erdan said on Channel 2 news on Saturday night.
Channel 10 news reported that up to 15 alleged accomplices are either under arrest or being sought.
Channel 2 reported that initial indications are that Milhem was not part of a Hamas, Islamic State or any other formal terrorist group, and had chosen to go out and kill Israelis in Tel Aviv of his own volition.
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