Husband, Four Others, Arrested in Murder of Lod Woman

Abir Abu-Katifu, a 33-year-old mother of five, was shot in her vehicle on Tuesday night in Lod.

Five people were arrested on Wednesday morning on suspicion of involvement in the Tuesday night murder of Abir Abu-Katifu, a 33-year-old mother of five.

Among the arrested were Abu-Katifu's husband, an in-law, a nephew and two brothers who are residents of Ramla and are also suspected by police of involvement in other recent murders in Lod.

Lod murder Oct. 19, 2010 Nir Keidar
Nir Keidar

Investigators said Abu-Katifu was shot in her vehicle in Lod's Pardes Snir neighborhood around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The woman's death marked the third murder in the city of Lod so far in this calendar month. Two weeks ago, a 27-year-old woman was murdered in the neighborhood of Ganei Aviv, shot from point-blank range while she sat in her car with her children, including her 7-year-old daughter.

Forty-eight hours prior to the incident, a 38-year-old man was shot to death on a street corner in front of the city hall building.

On October 7, in response to the recent spate of murders in the city, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened an emergency meeting in Lod with Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and Interior Minister Eli Yishai.

Netanyahu said that he refuses to allow Lod to turn into "the Wild West."

Aharonovitch said that increased forces had been deployed in the city. He also said Lod would be the first of several cities to take part in a pilot project to install a network of balloon-mounted surveillance cameras, broadcasting photos 24 hours a day directly to the local police station.

Just days after political leaders visited Lod, two thieves disguised as flower delivery people mugged a woman on the city streets. In the course of the mugging, the thieves grabbed the woman's baby daughter out of her hands, and threatened to harm her.