The Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet security service on Tuesday said they had arrested a Palestinian man whom they believe had shot dead seven soldiers and three Israeli civilians in March 2002 in a sniping attack at an IDF roadblock north of the West Bank city of Ramallah, near the settlement of Ofra.
Taer Kaed Hamad, 24, a Fatah activist, was arrested in the village of Silwad, north of Ramallah, where he lives. Another Palestinian man was also arrested.
Since the incident, an extensive hunt has been conducted for suspects. For a while, the Shin Bet had believed that the sniper was a prominent Tanzim activist, who was killed after the incident in a "work accident" while preparing an explosive device. Activists of the Fatah's military branch had said in the past that they did not know who the sniper was.
IDF representatives updates the bereaved families on Tuesday about the development in the investigation.
The Palestinian sniper killed ten Israelis altogether: an IDF officer, six reservists and three civilians.
The gunman, armed with a non-automatic rifle, was positioned on a hilltop overlooking the IDF roadblock near Ofra. He opened fire at soldiers and Israeli cars and also fired at first-aid workers arriving at the scene of the attack.
After the attack, the sniper fled the scene on foot.
The Israelis killed in the attack were: Captain Ariel Hovav, 25, from Eli; Lieutenant David Demlin, 29, from Meitzar; First Sergeant Major Raphael Levy, 42, from Rishon Letzion; Sergeant Major Avraham Ezra, 38, from Kiryat Bialik; Sergeant Major Yohai Porat, 26, from Kfar Sava; Sergeant Major Kfir Weiss, 24, from Beit Shemesh; Sergeant Major Eran Gad, 24, from Rishon Letzion; and the civilians Serge Botrov, 33, from Ariel; Vadim Balgulah, 32, from Ariel and Yitzhak Didi, 66, from Ofra.
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