Next-Generation Attacks In Jerusalem Thwarted (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 12/15/02)
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It was released for publication today that three Israeli-Arab
terrorists who were planning a string of major terror attacks in the
capital were arrested. The three residents of Tzur Baher, a Jerusalem
neighborhood just east of Kibbutz Ramat Rachel, are reported to have
been planning a shoulder-launched missile strike at a helicopter
landing at the Knesset; a bomb near the Prime Minister´s Residence;
and an attack at the Ramat Eshkol shopping center.
The three, members of Islamic Jihad, were arrested three weeks ago on
their way to place a 40-kg. bomb (90 lbs.) at a bus stop between
N´vei Yaakov and Pisgat Ze´ev in northern Jerusalem.
The terrorists planned to stand on Ussishkin Street in the Rehavia
neighborhood of the capital, several hundred meters from Israel´s
Parliament, and fire at a helicopter approaching the Knesset. They
also intended to place a bomb in a trash bin near the Prime
Minister´s residence in central Jerusalem and detonate it by remote
control. The three terrorists are to be charged with attempted
murder, aiding the enemy during wartime, passing information to the
enemy, and membership in a terrorist organization.
In a related story, the Jerusalem District today sentenced the Silwan
Gang - Israeli-Arab terrorists who murdered 35 and wounded hundreds
in several terrorist attacks - to up to 35 terms of life in prison.
One member received 35 such terms, another 26, and a third 9, in
addition to several decades each of concurrent imprisonment, while a
fourth member was sentenced to 60 years in jail. Their deadly attacks
included the bombings at Hebrew University, the Moment Cafe, and a
Rishon LeTzion pool hall.
In another counter-terror success, a terrorist on his way to carry
out a murderous suicide attack was arrested this afternoon at an IDF
checkpoint near Adam, north of Jerusalem. The terrorist, with a ready-
to-fire explosives belt in his possession, was arrested while driving
in an Arab-driven taxi. Four other passengers, all wanted for
questioning, as well as an accomplice were also arrested. IDF sappers
then blew up the taxi, for fear of additional explosives.
Arabs opened fire at an IDF outpost near Netzarim, in Gaza, this
afternoon, shortly before Palestinian terrorists shot at Israeli cars
in northwestern Shomron and other Arabs hurled a firebomb at a car in
northern Shomron. No one was hurt in these incidents. (INN 12/15/02
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