IDF forces engaged with terrorists in northern Shomron Monday morning after the terrorists opened fire on a bus carrying tourists. The incident occurred near Tel Dotan, east of the town of Mevo Dotan. IDF soldiers heard two shots and found two terrorists with weapons.
The terrorists began running when the soldiers appeared. One was hit and injured, and a search was on for the second. There were no injuries reported among Israelis, Hatzalah reported. The injured terrorist was taken to an Israeli hospital for treatment.
On Sunday, the Shin Bet announced that it had busted a terror cell that had planned an attack on or about Election Day. The group had been in advanced stages of planning the attack when one of its leaders, Yahya Abu-Dia, was arrested on March 31.
Abu-Dia, a 23-year-old resident of the village of A-Zaayim, told interrogators that he had been in direct contact with top Hamas terrorists, who had guided him on setting up the attack. He was told to acquire a vehicle and rent a warehouse for the storage of ammunition, which would be used to make a car bomb. The plan was to drive the car to the area of the Maaleh Adumim checkpoint and set it off there. The site was chosen, Abu Dia said, because it was felt the bomb would have the most impact, as there were many buses and public transportation vehicles there. Abu Dia acquired the vehicle and the weapons, and conducted reconnaissance to plan and carry out the attack. He also planned to film himself reading a last will and testament, which was to be distributed after the attack.