Israeli police kill Tel Aviv bar attack suspect

Israeli police shoot dead Arab citizen at mosque after week long manhunt

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Nashat Melhem, left, and Border Police searching Tel Aviv

Israeli police killed an Arab citizen outside at a mosque in his hometown on Friday saying he was the suspected perpetrator of a bar attack that killed three people in Tel Aviv on Jan 1.

Nashat Melhem, an Israeli-Arab resident of Arara, in northern Israel was shot by security forces when they stormed the building after a week long manhunt.   

Melhem, 31 allegedly took his father's gun and carried out the attack at a bar on Dizengoff Street in central Tel Aviv on Friday, killing pub owner Alon Bakal, 26, and 30-year-old Shimon Ruime and injuring seven others.

The suspected gunman was identified by his father after he appeared in media reports following the attack.  

Photographs showed Melhem's body, dressed in black tracksuit bottoms and a T-shirt, lying next to a sub-machine gun which was allegedly used in the shooting.

According to his lawyer, Melhelm who previously spent four years in jail for assaulting an Israeli soldier, has been suffering from psychological problems.   

Following the death of Melhem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the security services who worked "tirelessly, systematically, and professionally until they spotted and neutralised the terrorist." 

TRTWorld and agencies