A 24-year-old Ramle man was arrested several hours following the murder of his girlfriend Thursday night. Alla Dahar, 19, was on vacation from her dentistry studies in Moldava at the time of her murder.

On Thursday, she traveled from her family's home, in Haifa, to visit a married sister living in Ramle. She reached Ramle's main thoroughfare, Herzl Street, at around 8 P.M., and shortly afterward, asked a taxi driver to take her to her sister's in the Jawarish neighborhood. When the cab stopped at a red light, on Bialik Street, a person got out of another car, pulled out a gun and shot Dahar several times in the chest before fleeing the scene. The police believe the perpetrator had followed the taxi from the center of town.

The cabdriver drove Dahar to a first-aid station. From there, she was taken by ambulance to Assaf Harofeh Hospital, Tzrifin, where she was declared dead.

The name of Hassan Abu Ghanem, Dahar's boyfriend, came up early in the investigation. He was arrested in Rishon Letzion, where he was working at a road construction site. The suspect told investigators that at the time of the murder he was with a friend at a Ramle gas station. Detectives have not determined the extent of what they believe to be Abu Ghanem's involvement in the murder. On Friday, Abu Ghanem was brought before a Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court judge, who ordered an extension until Thursday of his remand.

Based on statements by witnesses, detectives believe that Abu Ghanem hired someone to murder Dahar after she broke up with him. The victim's mother, Marwa, firmly rejected suggestions that her daughter had been involved in any kind of relationship with the suspect and said the murder was a case of mistaken identity.

"My daughter wasn't threatened and no one harassed her. She would have told me if she was," Marwa said. Other family members recalled having heard about a young Ramle woman who ran away from home because her family had threatened to hurt her.

Dahar was buried on Friday at Haifa's Muslim cemetery. She and her family belong to the Ahmadiyya sect, a Muslim community originating in India that rejects all displays of violence and whose code is "Love for All, Hatred for None." Most members of the sect live in Haifa's Kababir neighborhood, on Mount Carmel. The female members of the community are independent and tend to pursue higher education.