Jenin Terror Cell Arrested by Security Forces


Jenin Terror Cell Arrested by Security Forces

Written by Ilana Messika/TPS on May 04, 2017

The Israeli Security Agency (Shin Bet) in cooperation with the IDF and Israeli police arrested a terrorist cell responsible for several nightly shooting attacks targeting civilian communities and IDF forces in the Jenin, Nablus, and Tulkarem areas of Judea and Samaria. These attacks caused no casualties, but did cause severe damage to property.

The Shin Bet discovered that the terrorist cell consisted of a number of residents from the Jenin Governorate town of Fahme. These included 34-year-old Louai Ahmed Shafiq Za’abneh, a lawyer affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and his cousin 26-year-old Shafiq Mahmud Shafiq Za’abneh.

The cell carried out a number of shooting attacks against Israeli communities in the Samaria area, including the communities of Shaked, Hermesh, and Shavei Shomron, along with shooting attacks at IDF bases in the Jenin area, including at the Salem checkpoint near the town of Mevo Dotan. Moreover, the Shin Bet discovered that members of the cell were planning on carrying out additional attacks on IDF patrols and residents traveling in the area.

Security forces believe that one of the cell members expected to be killed in action after they found a will inside his home.

During the arrests, security forces seized vehicles and a number of weapons, some of which were used by the squad members to carry out the attacks.

Indictments are expected to be filed against the suspects in the coming days.

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