Two Palestinian minors were recently indicted for trying to carry out a suicide bombing on an IDF military courthouse on September 22, in order to murder high ranking judges, prosecutors and others inside with seven explosives, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
Although the indictment was filed last week, the Post‘s report is the first disclosure of the event which is sending ripples through the defense establishment both in terms of the audacity of the target and the young age of the intended suicide bombers.
According to the indictment obtained by the Post, the two minors, A.A. and B.B., residents of Nablus intended to execute the suicide bombing with the seven explosives, while a third Palestinian, C.C., whose name is also under gag order, assisted with assembling the explosives.
The indictments state as follows: the two minors met on September 21 and decided to carry out a terror attack against high ranking IDF personnel as revenge for Palestinians killed by the IDF.
More specifically, the two wished to target IDF judges and prosecutors at the courthouse.
Using firecrackers and other improvised materials, the two put together seven explosive devices.
The two arrived at the IDF’s Salem base where the Salem Court is located on September 22 around 4:00 p.m. to find the main gate locked.
When the minors put the bag on the ground which contained the explosives hidden inside next to the gate, the IDF base’s guards became suspicious and apprehended the two.
Next, security personnel detonated the bombs in a controlled fashion.
A.A was also indicted on eight other offenses, including assembling and selling explosives made of gasoline, hot carbon and other materials, assembling and selling guns, firing guns during illegal military training, throwing an explosive at an IDF jeep and possession of illegal weapons.
More specifically, A.A’s indictment states that: in April, he assembled three improvised explosive devices and threw one of them at an IDF jeep, causing damage but no casualties.
Another two explosives A.A. sold for NIS 300.
In June, A.A. assembled two rifles which he used during military training, but eventually sold for NIS 8,000.
On September 16, A.A. threw rocks at both civilians and IDF troops near Joseph’s Tomb.
Although there have been some other noteworthy crimes or alleged crimes by Palestinian minors in recent years, this alleged suicide bombing attempt may represent a new level of threat.
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