Terror attacks against Israelis have slowed as of late, with much of the credit going to Israeli authorities. The Jerusalem Post reports on the latest thwarted attack, a shooting and kidnapping to have been carried out by a Hamas terror cell:
Several Hamas cells from Tzurif and Hebron planned to initiate different terror attacks, including kidnapping Israelis, in order to free Palestinian prisoners.
As part of the investigation, authorities seized weapons and large quantities of ammunition, including two AK-47s, three pistols and a shotgun among others.
After the Shin Bet detained the suspects, they were interrogated over several days, with the military court expected to issue an indictment.
The main purpose for the terror plot, the Shin Bet claims, centered on 58-year-old security prisoner Ibrahim Abdullah Ranimat, serving a life-sentence for his involvement in a deadly terror attack at a bar 20 years ago. Ranimat was also convicted for his role in the abduction and murder of IDF soldier Sharon Adri, who was killed in 1996. The Shin Bet accuse the terror cell of wanting to free Ranimat as part of a ransom scheme...