The two Palestinians suspected of the murder of Col. (res.) Sariya Ofer last month in the Jordan Valley confessed in their interrogation they killed the Israeli as an "Eid al-Adha gift for the Palestinian people and to Hamas prisoners," the Shin Bet stated on Thursday.
In the next few days the case will be turned over to the IDF Prosecutor's Office for the formation of indictments.
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Fard Talab Harub, 18, and Basher Ahmed Harub, 21, residents of the village of Dir Sameth near Hebron, confessed to killing Ofer outside him home in Brosh Habika.
His widow Monique said that around 1 am they heard noises outside, and when her husband went to investigate, he was attacked with iron rods and axes.
According to the Shin Bet, the two confessed that two weeks before the attack they came to the settlement to reconnaissance for a planned robbery. When they realized their targeted address is home to an IDF officer who may be armed, they decided to murder him and steal his weapon.
After the murder the two allegedly dumped the murder weapons and considered crossing the border to Jordan. However, they decided to stay and contacted Mohamed Abd Raba Shouamara, 27, a resident of al-Aram north of Jerusalem, to help them flee the scene.
After he picked them up in his car the two told him of the murder, and changed clothes in his home. According to the Shin Bet, Shouamara also confessed in his interrogation.
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