Arab Shooting Terror Gang Arrested

Israeli security forces gather at the scene where a Palestinian, who the Israeli military said tried to stab a soldier, was shot dead by Israeli troops near the Jewish settlement of Ofra near the West Bank city of Ramallah November 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
Israeli security forces gather at the scene of a terror attack outside Ofra, last month. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)

YERUSHALAYIM - In a joint operation, Shin Bet investigators, along with IDF and Border Guard forces, arrested a gang of Arab terrorists who had conducted a number of shooting attacks on Israelis in the Binyamin region. The gang carried out four shooting attacks in the area of the Israeli town of Ofra in October and November of this year. They were apprehended several days ago, and news of the arrests was cleared for publication Wednesday.

The three are minors, and they targeted both soldiers and civilians. B’chasdei Shamayim, no one was killed or injured in the attacks, but there was damage to vehicles, officials said. Along with the terrorists, officials arrested family members who had assisted in planning and carrying out the attacks. In addition, officials seized guns, bombs, ammunition, and other items that were used to carry out the attacks, and that were to be used in future attacks, the Shin Bet announcement said, adding that it would “continue to act to prevent terror attacks by groups and individuals.”

Overnight Tuesday, security officials said they arrested 12 wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.