The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) revealed today that in recent months it had arrested dozens of Hamas terrorist suspects who belonged to 13 different terror cells operating in the West Bank and Jerusalem. The cells were planning a number of terrorist plots including the abduction of an IDF soldier and a suicide attack:
The cell plotting the attack in Jerusalem was based in Hebron and had manufactured two explosive devices using fire extinguishers loaded with six kilograms of explosives and wrapped in a metal ball to increase collateral damage. The suicide attack was scheduled to be carried out on August 21 in the Pisgat Zeev neighborhood in Jerusalem and the cell was in the advanced stages of plotting the abduction of an Israeli soldier from the Gush Etzion settlement bloc south of the capital.
The Shin Bet and police captured two explosive devices: One in the home of Azhak Arfa, a 23-year-old resident of Ras al-Amud in east Jerusalem, and the holder of an Israeli blue identity card.
Arfa worked until his arrest in a Jerusalem mall near the Central Bus Station and was recruited into the cell by Hassin Kussama, a 36-year-old resident of Hebron who was a known Hamas operative and explosives expert, who also served as an “engineer” for the cell. A second device was discovered in Kussama’s home in Hebron.
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