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February 23, 2015 11:39 am

Shin Bet Arrests Hamas Cell in Hebron Planning Terror Attacks, Suicide Bombings

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JNS.org– Israel’s Shin Bet Israel security agency on Monday announced the arrest of nearly a dozen members of a Hamas terror cell in Hebron. The terrorists were planning attacks on multiple targets, including a failed attack on Israel Defense Forces soldiers and suicide bombings.

A total of 11 Palestinian terrorist suspects were arrested by the Shin Bet, including lead suspects Sahaib Mamun Saltan, 20, from Hebron, and his cousin Salam Abbas Saltan, 28, a Hamas terrorist operative who recently served a term in an Israeli jail. A number of explosive devices and weapons were found during the arrest, which took place in January but was not announced until Monday.

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According to the Shin Bet, the two lead suspects admitted that they attempted a terror attack in December 2014 in the Jewish town of Tel Rumeida near Hebron. The terrorists planned to detonate a small explosive device to draw IDF soldiers in, and then to detonate a larger device. But the bombs failed to explode due to a technical glitch, the suspects said.

The Palestinian terrorists also collected intelligence on possible targets in Hebron and Jerusalem, with a number of the cell’s members expressing a willingness to be suicide bombers.

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