Israel’s Security Agency, the Shin Bet, cleared for publication on Monday the identity of the suspect in the killing of 52-year-old Esther Horgen, whose body was discovered in a West Bank forest on Dec. 20.
Muhammad Cabha, 40, from the village of Tura al-Gharbiya near Jenin, was arrested on Dec. 24 in a joint operation of the Shin Bet, Israel Police and Israel Defense Forces, according to a statement by the Shin Bet.
Four additional suspects were arrested together with Cabha, who has previous convictions for terrorist activity, according to the statement.
Cabha told Shin Bet investigators that he had decided to carry out a terror attack some six weeks before killing Horgen, following the death of Kamal Abu Awar, a security prisoner he had known who died in prison as a result of illness.
In the days afterward, relatives and acquaintances in the village of Deir al-Ghusun aided Cabha in hiding from Israeli security forces.
It is expected that Cabha will be tried in the Samaria Military Court, according to the statement.