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Palestinian Man Indicted for Plotting Truck-Ramming Terror Attack in Central Israel

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The truck that Palestinian man Muhammed Safaren allegedly planned to use to run over Israeli soldiers. Photo: Israel Police. – An indictment was filed against Palestinian man Muhammed Safaren on Monday for plotting a truck-ramming terror attack against Israeli soldiers.

The 40-year-old suspect from Ramallah had planned to use a truck to run over soldiers at a bus stop near a military base in central Israel.

On Oct. 19, the suspect stole a truck in the central Israeli city of Holon and began driving in the direction of the base. The owner of the truck noticed his vehicle being stolen, ran towards it and was nearly run over by Safaren.

The truck’s owner then called the police, who pursued the Palestinian suspect in a high-speed chase, which nearly resulted in several severe accidents on public roads. The suspect was eventually arrested by police after the truck broke down.

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Safaren was charged with plotting a terror attack involving the murder of soldiers, endangering the lives of motorists on public roads, auto theft and entering illegally into Israel.

Since September 2015—the start of what has been described as the “knife intifada”—Palestinian terrorists have killed dozens of Israelis, two American tourists and a British exchange student in numerous stabbing, shooting and vehicular terror attacks.

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