Eritrean asylum seeker killed by bullets not mob violence, autopsy finds

An Eritrean asylum seeker mistaken for a terrorist during a terror attack Sunday night in Beersheba died from his gunshot wounds, and not the beating he received from a mob, Negev subdistrict police said Wednesday, after receiving the autopsy results.

On Tuesday, acting police commissioner Asst.-Ch. Bentzi Sau said that detectives had begun collecting evidence and questioning witnesses to the killing of Haptom Zarhum, 29, who was shot by a security guard and then set upon by a series of bystanders, who kicked him in the head and dropped a metal bench on his head after he was incapacitated and not moving on the floor.

Sau said that officers had identified a number of people of interest and were waiting for the results of the autopsy before they would bring them in for questioning under caution.


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