A Palestinian accused of being the mastermind behind a shooting last week that killed two security officers in the northern West Bank city of Nablus was beaten to death while in detention, officials said on Tuesday.

A number of security personnel attacked and beat Ahmad Halaweh to death while he was in detention, Nablus governor Akram Rjoub and security spokesman Adnan Damiri told reporters.

They said Halaweh was taken to a prison in Nablus, where he got into a shouting brawl with security personnel, who attacked him and beat him to death.

Halaweh, a former police officer, had allegedly spearheaded a group of armed men in Nablus who were responsible for shooting and killing the two policemen on Thursday.

Two members of Halaweh’s gang were killed in a shootout with security officers on Friday and others were arrested.

Halaweh was arrested in Nablus early Tuesday. Rjoub and Damiri stressed that an investigation will be held into the fatal beating and promised to punish those responsible.

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