‘Foiled Jerusalem Tram Bombing Planned by Palestinian Student Over Temple Mount’

Pipe bombs found in the bag carried by Ali Abu Hassan, who planned an attack on the Jerusalem light rail on July 17. (photo credit:POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

The Jerusalem Post reports: A 21-year-old civil engineering student from the West Bank’s Hebron University attempted to carry out a mass-casualty bombing attack on Jerusalem’s light rail last month to exact revenge for Jewish visitation to the Temple Mount, police said on Tuesday.

On the morning of July 17, Ali Abu Hassan, of Beit Ila, near Hebron, carried three pipe bombs in a bag to Jerusalem’s Jaffa Center light rail stop, which he intended to detonate during the rush-hour commute.

According to a joint police and Shin Bet investigation, released on Tuesday, the day before the attempted attack Abu Hassan entered Israeli territory through nearby Wadi Sur Baher, and then changed his clothes into sportswear “to assimilate into the population,” police said.

“The next day, during the early morning, he prayed in a mosque nearby, boarded a bus in Talpiot reaching the city center, and began to walk along the railway tracks on Jaffa Road until reaching the intersection of Jaffa and King George Streets,” police said.

“When he arrived at the light rail stop at Jaffa station, he began to explore the surroundings in order to find a place for the attack.”

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