By Aryeh Savir
Tazpit News Agency
JERUSALEM – The Shabak (Israel’s Security Agency) announced today that it has uncovered a World Jihad plot to execute several devastating terror attacks in the Jerusalem vicinity and an attack against the American Embassy in Tel Aviv.
Three terrorists, Iad Abu Sara (24) from Jerusalem, Rubin Abu Nijma (30) of Shechem and Ala Anam (22) of Jenin were recruited and directed by Al-Qaida elements in Gaza, specifically by an operative with the alias Arebe A-Shaham. The three did not know about each other. They communicated via the Internet.
One of the planned attacks was against a bus in Jerusalem. The plan was to shoot the tires of the bus, and then shoot the passengers at close range, finally killing the rescue teams who came to provide medical support.
One of them agreed to help execute a suicide bombing in the highly populated Benyanei Hauma buildings in Jerusalem. The attack was to be carried out by foreign terrorists using fake Russian identities and disguised as tourists.
One of them was to depart for Syria, via Turkey, for advanced explosives training. Over the years we worked on several terror attacks, but never implemented any of them.
One of them planned to kidnap an IDF soldier and attack the A-Tur neighborhood in Jerusalem. In his interrogation he revealed how he obtained weapons and how he learned the use of explosives on the Internet.
A Shabak spokesman stated that the planning was cut short. “These patterns are identical to Al-Qaida operations. Al-Qaida has established an initial infrastructure in Judea and Samaria, which includes hundreds of members. It can still be stopped.”
The spokesman further pointed out that the Internet has become a basis from which terror cells can be directed and terror attacks can be planned and executed.