Police revealed Thursday morning a family connection between the two terrorists involved in Wednesday night’s deadly terror rampage, reporting that Khalid and Muhammad Musa Mehamara were cousins, hailing from the prominent Mehamara clan in Yatta, south of Hevron.
Terrorism apparently runs in the family, and Khalid and Muhammad are not the first terrorists from the clan to kill Israelis.
An uncle of the cousins, Taleb Mehamara, was a member of a terror cell that in 2002 targeted Israelis in southern Judea, killing four in a shooting attack.
Taleb, a member of the Fatah Tanzim terror organization, was later captured, tried, and sentenced. He is currently sitting in an Israeli prison. In addition, his house was demolished by the IDF.
Israeli forces sealed off Yatta overnight, raiding the home of Muhammad Musa Mehamara and detaining relatives of the two terrorists.
Security officials say the pair infiltrated Israel and resided in the country illegally for months prior to the attack. Officials reported that the IDF and Shin Bet security agency are investigating the possibility that the two terrorists received aid in planning and preparing the attack, with members of the Mehamara clan prime suspects.
In the wake of the terror attack, Israel cancelled 204 work visas for members of the terrorists’ extended families and rescinded some 83,000 entry permits given to residents of Judea and Samaria for Ramadan.