Security forces thwarted Islamic Jihad kidnapping attempt

The Israel Security Agency and the Border Police arrested a terror cell in the midst of an attempt to carry out a kidnapping in Israel last month

Date: 02/03/2013, 12:10 PM     Author: IDF Website

The Israel Security Agency (ISA, or Shin Bet security service) and the Border Police thwarted an attempt by the Islamic Jihad to kidnap an IDF soldier or a civilian in Israel last month, it was revealed today (Sunday, February 3).

The cell was arrested early on the morning of January 1 near the Eyal Crossing, close to Kfar Saba. Its members were caught while traveling in a car carrying tools for carrying out the planned kidnapping, including rope, tape, ski hats, a knife and a fake gun.

According to the indictment filed against the terrorists today, police detectives reached the car in which three terrorists were traveling, on the basis of intelligence collected by the ISA. The three were arrested and interrogated, confessing that several days earlier they had surveyed hitchhiking stations in the Sharon region, where they had offered a ride to a number of soldiers and civilians who refused their offers. In the end, according to the indictment, the terrorists had decided to kidnap a civilian returning from a New Year's Eve party.

This morning, indictments were filed against Anas Jabarin and Yussef Warda on charges of making contact with a foreign agent, conspiracy to commit a crime and membership in a terror organization. Jabarin was also charged with transporting weapons.

Last week, it was announced that the IDF and the ISA had uncovered and disrupted a terror network belonging to the military wing of Hamas, which had acted to establish a regional headquarters so as to carry out attacks in the area of Hebron. Roughly 20 terrorists known to belong to Hamas were arrested. Equipment for carrying out attacks, including 10 guns, was found in their possession.