Israeli authorities arrest six family members of Tel Aviv gunman

Published January 5th, 2016 - 08:21 GMT

Authorities on Tuesday arrested the father and five other family members of the suspected gunman in Friday's shooting attack in Tel Aviv, Israeli media reported.

"This is police impotency," Channel 2 quoted the family's lawyer, Nachmi Feiblatt as saying. "They arrested the whole family in the end."

Authorities named 31-year-old Nashat Milhem as the suspected assailant, whom security forces have been trying to locate since the Friday shooting that killed two Israelis and wounded many others at a bar on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv. 

When surveillance camera footage of Milhem was made public Friday, his father, Muhammad, a security guard and police volunteer, contacted the police and identified his son as the shooter and said he had stolen his submachine gun to carry out the shooting.

Over the weekend, security forces searched the Mkilhem family's home in the Arab Israeli town of Arara in the northern Wadi Ara region. 

On Saturday, police raided the family home, taking away a computer belonging to Milhem and arresting two of his brothers on suspicion of having assisted in the attack. 

One of the brothers was taken for a remand extension at the Haifa Magistrate’s Court on Saturday night, where his remand was extended by five days in a closed-door hearing.

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