Israeli security arrests six members of Hamas cell connected to Jerusalem bus bombing

Published May 29th, 2016 - 10:34 GMT
Israeli security forces respond to the burning remains of the bus bombed by a Hamas operative in April. (AFP/File)
Israeli security forces respond to the burning remains of the bus bombed by a Hamas operative in April. (AFP/File)

Members of a Hamas cell near Bethlehem who allegedly carried out the bus bombing in Jerusalem in April were in the midst of plotting additional car bombings and shooting attacks against Israelis, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) revealed on Sunday. 

At least six suspects have been arrested in the joint Shin Bet, IDF and Israel Police operation.

According to the Shin Bet, the suspects manufactured and assembled the explosive device used in the Jerusalem bus attack on Line 12 that left 19 people wounded. The suspected bomber Hamas member Abdel Hamid Abu Srour, a 19-year-old resident of the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem, died a few days after the bombing from wounds he sustained in the attack.


The case has been transferred to the IDF prosecution, and a request to extend the suspects' remand until the end of legal proceedings is expected to be filed in the coming days. 


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