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Israel Arrests Hamas Terrorists Behind Suicide Blast

Jerusalem Bus Bomber (Photo: courtesy)

Israeli authorities have partially lifted the gag order on their investigation of this week's bus bombing. The Times of Israel reports that the Israeli government has confirmed that Hamas was behind the suicide bombing, and that the Shin Bet has arrested several Hamas terrorists who assisted with the attack:

The bus bombing in Jerusalem on Monday was a suicide terror attack orchestrated by Palestinian terror group Hamas, and several members of the cell responsible have been arrested in the West Bank, security forces revealed on Thursday as a gag order on the case was partially lifted...

The bomber was one of 21 people injured in the attack. He was severely wounded and died of his injuries on Wednesday.

The Shin Bet said several Hamas members from Bethlehem have been arrested in connection with the attack after an intensive manhunt by the security service, police and the IDF.

The attack marked the first suicide bombing in the wave of Palestinian terrorism that erupted last October. Hitherto, the attacks — stabbings, shootings and car-rammings — had been characterized as “lone wolf” incidents. Hamas has been encouraging attacks on Israelis, and several plots are said to have been thwarted by security forces.

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