14 Arrested in Bat Yam Bus Bombing – Yoav Zitun
The Israel Security Agency has arrested 14 men for involvement in the blast on a bus in Bat Yam last week. Four are senior Islamic Jihad operatives, residents of Bethlehem. Ten others, who were involved in the details of the plan, include Negev Bedouin.
The explosive was prepared by brothers Sahada and Hamadi Taamri, with Yosef Salamah, who used two kg. of improvised detonation material, nails and screws, and had a switch attached to a cellphone to activate the bomb remotely. Sami Harimi infiltrated into Israel through the southern Hebron Hills, with the bomb hidden in a black bag. Harimi then got into the car of a Bedouin man, an Israeli citizen who helps Palestinians illegally in Israel, and the two drove to Jaffa. After praying in a Jaffa mosque, Harimi got on bus No. 240, laid the bomb, got off a few minutes later, and then called the cellphone that was attached to the bomb, triggering the explosion.
Harimi was arrested several days later in Bethlehem and said the group wanted to execute a larger attack in Tel Aviv a few days after the Bat Yam explosion, but their arrests hindered their plans. Israeli security forces found 25 kg. of explosives meant for further attacks. The Taamri brothers had been in prison in Israel previously. Sahada was in training to become an officer with the Palestinian police. The Bedouin who drove the perpetrator was not aware of his passenger’s terror plans. (Ynet News)