Fugitive Terrorist Killed Inside Palestinian Embassy in Bulgaria

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP/Hamodia) -
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) seen with his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisovi as they deliver joint statements at the Prime Minster office in Jerusalem on February 25, 2016. Photo by Kobi Gideon / GPO *** Local Caption *** ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו עם ראש ממשלת בולגריה Boyko Borisov הצהרות משותפות
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (R) seen with his Bulgarian counterpart, Boyko Borisovi, as they deliver joint statements at the Prime Minister’s office on Thursday. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Bulgarian authorities are investigating the death of a Palestinian terrorist, wanted by Israel for a 1986 killing, inside the Palestinian Authority’s embassy in Sofia.

The embassy identified the dead man as Omar Nayef Zayed, a Palestinian who took refuge in the embassy late last year fearing extradition to Israel. Israel demanded Bulgarian authorities extradite him last December.

The Bulgarian Prosecutor’s Office said it was told by the embassy Friday morning of a death resulting from violence on the territory of the embassy. The Palestinian ambassador granted access to the investigators, it said, adding that the cause of death has not been established yet.

Zayed, 52, escaped from Israeli custody 25 years ago while being transferred to hospital during a hunger strike, and has lived in Sofia since 1994. He was convicted of the murder of yeshivah student Eliyahu Amadi, Hy”d, in the Old City of Yerushalayim, and given a life sentence.

Zayed is a member of the Palestinian Front terror group, and has been imprisoned in Israel in the past.

PA officials blamed the Mossad for his death. Israel has not commented on the incident.