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Terrorist released in Shalit deal arrested for killing Israeli police officer

By Mason White 4:05 PM June 23, 2014
Ziad Awad 

By: Aryeh Savir
A Muslim terrorist who was released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal, was arrested on charges of killing an Israeli police officer, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

Ziad Awad, 42, is responsible for the murder of Baruch Mizrahi, the senior Israeli police officer killed on Passover eve near Hebron.

Awad, a resident of the Arab village Idna near Hebron, was arrested by an elite police unit while they were searching for the three abducted yeshiva students last week.

Police Commander Mizrachi was murdered on April 14th, when he was on the way with his family to celebrate Passover. His wife was wounded in the attack. A senior police officer notified the wife about the terrorist’s capture.

DNA samples, fingerprints and other incriminating material were collected at the crime scene. An indictment was filed on Monday, against Awad for murder and attempted murder. His son, A Adin Awad, 18, was also arrested for aiding his father in the attack and to flee the scene.

Awad was released in October 2011 as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal after he was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Arabs who were suspected of collaborating with Israel.