IDF SPOKESPERSONS ANNOUNCEMENT
Islamic Jihad terror cell, which planned attacks on Israeli civilians, arrested in December
In the laboratory, numerous chemical substances (including 25 kg of Potassium nitrate) used for the manufacture of explosives and an 8kg explosive device with an electronic activation system were discovered. The bomb was ready for use. In addition, a cellular remote activation device was found.
The Islamic Jihad cell members involved in the manufacture of explosives in the laboratory were arrested. They admitted that they had planned to plant an explosive device on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem railroad tracks that passes close to the Bethlehem region.
The explosives lab was discovered in the house of the Islamic Jihad operative Razak Muhamad Ahmad Giada, a 28 year-old resident of Nahalin. The other members of the terrorist cell who were involved in the manufacturing of the explosives were also arrested, including Omar Samir Muhamad Hasan, A'zem Ismail Avraham Ma'amar, two 24 year-old residents of Batir and Veluay Mahmud Musa Giada, 21 year-old resident of Nahalin.
The cell members admitted during their investigation that they had planned a number of terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians. Aside from the planned attack on the train, the terrorist cell also intended to detonate explosive devices under Israeli vehicles traveling on Route 60 in the Bethlehem region. In addition, they intended to plant an explosive device in order to explode a security vehicle belonging to the Israeli community of Beitar Ilit. They also intended to execute an attack against an IDF vehicle using improvised grenades and then to steal the soldiers' weapons.
The members of the Islamic Jihad cell studied the production of explosive devices on the internet, purchased explosive materials and attempted to raise finances in order to execute the attacks.
The arrest of the terrorist cell attests to the continued attempts by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization to execute attacks against Israeli civilians.
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