An Israeli Arab suspected of killing three people in Tel Aviv on New Year’s Day has been shot dead by security forces.
Nashat Melhem, 29, was hunted down to a mosque in Ar’ara in the Galilee, where he died in an exchange of fire.
The attacks sparked a huge hunt and security alert across the country.
Chilling CCVT footage emerged after the Tel Aviv attack from a nearby shop showed Melhem placing his hold-all on a shopping trolley outside the bar, removing a sub-machine gun and opening fire on a group of friends celebrating a birthday, before running away.
Security analysts noted the calm and professional manner of the attack, suggesting the assailant had been well-trained, leading to initial suggestions that it may have been a targeted assassination or a gangland killing.
Melhem’s sister and two brothers were taken in for questioning. His father had appealed for Melhem to hand himself in.