Israel Police Foiled Wedding Terror Plot

An Israeli security forces member stands guard at the site of a shooting attack near the Israeli police headquarters in mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem on October 9, 2016. A shooting attack in Jerusalem left at least three people wounded, including two seriously, with the assailant killed by police, Israeli authorities …

The Times of Israel reports: A group of four Palestinians, including one who was granted temporary Israeli residency on humanitarian grounds, planned to carry out a terror attack at a wedding hall where one worked and also kidnap an IDF soldier to be used for leverage in negotiations with Israel, Israeli security officials said Thursday.

The plans were thwarted by a joint Shin Bet security service and Israel Police investigation, details of which were permitted for publication on Thursday as southern state prosecutors filed indictments against the men at the Beersheba District Court.

According to the Shin Bet, the four planned to carry out an attack on an event hall in southern Israel, as well as kidnapping and killing an IDF soldier to use his remains as a bargaining chip. The release did not detail what type of attack was planned on the hall or where it was located.

According to media reports, the intended target was the Narnia event hall in Beersheba.

The cell was allegedly led by Mahmoud Yusef Hassin Abu Taha, a resident of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip who was arrested by Israeli authorities on September 21 at the Erez border crossing as he sought entry into Israel for what he said were trade reasons.

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