Sun, 02 Oct 2022

JERUSALEM, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Israeli police said Wednesday they found the body of a Palestinian man who is suspected of killing an 84-year-old woman in central Israel following an overnight manhunt.

The body of the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Musa Sarsour from the village of Sarta in the northern West Bank, was found in Tel Aviv, according to a police statement.

The Tel Aviv District Police said in a separate statement that Sarsour was found hanging early Wednesday next to a residential building in Dizengoff Street, a major shopping area in central Tel Aviv. Hundreds of police officers and several helicopters were searching for the suspect during the night.

Sarsour was found hours after he had allegedly beaten the woman to death in Holon, a suburb south of Tel Aviv, near a construction site where he used to work, the police said.

Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai told journalists at the scene that the police are treating the case as "a serious terror attack," driven by nationalistic motives.

On Tuesday afternoon, a passerby found the 84-year-old woman unconscious on the side of a road, a few meters from her home in Holon. She was declared dead by paramedics. CCTV footage showed the woman was beaten several times from behind until she fell to the ground.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, who was attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York, condemned the killing as a "shocking attack by a despicable and cowardly terrorist."

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