Ziad Awad, 42, a terrorist released in the 2011 prisoner deal in exchange for captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, is responsible for the murder of Baruch Mizrahi, the senior Israeli police officer killed on Passover eve near Hebron.
Awad, a resident of the Arab village Idna near Hebron, was arrested by an elite police unit while they were searching for the three abducted boys last week.
Police Commander Mizrachi was murdered on April 14th when he was on the way with his family to celebrate Passover. Terrorists opened fire on the family’s vehicle, instantly killing Mizrahi while his family watched in horror. His wife was wounded in the attack.
A senior police officer notified the wife about the terrorist’s capture. Colonel Yariv Ben Ezra, a senior IDF officer involved in the arrests, said that Israeli security forces “can say for certain that he carried out the murder.”
DNA samples, fingerprints and other incriminating material were collected at the attack scene. An indictment was filed on Monday against Awad for murder and attempted murder.
His son, Az Al-Adin Awad, aged 18, was also arrested for aiding him in arranging the attack and helping his father flee the scene. According to the IDF, Ziad Awad told his son that both had a religious duty to carry out the attack, with Ziad explaining that “according to the Islamic religion, those who kill Jews go to heaven.”
Awad was released in October 2011 as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal after he was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Arabs who were suspected of collaborating with Israel. Awad was one of 1,027 Hamas terrorists released by Israel.