Tayibe man suspected of bombing Tel Aviv bus arrested by Shin Bet


Shin Bet says man who previously lived in West Bank & was allowed to settle in Tayibe under family reunification law, was recruited by Ramallah terror cell to assist in attack that injured 29 on Wednesday

Yoav Zitun


Cleared for publication:The terrorist who carried out the bombing attack on a bus in central Tel Aviv Wednesday was apprehended by Israeli security forces within hours of the attack.

Bus after explosion Photo: Gettyimages

The terrorist was apprehended in a joint operation conducted by the Shin Bet, Israel Police and the IDF. Twenty-nine people were injured in the attack.

The Shin Bet said Thursday that the terrorist, an Israeli citizen who previously lived in the West Bank and was allowed to settle in Tayibe under the family reunification law, was recruited by a terror cell from the village of Beit Liqya, near Ramallah.

The terror cell members used a car belonging to the suspect’s employer to transport the explosive device into Tel Aviv. The employer, an east Jerusalem resident, had no knowledge of the plan.

According to the Shin Bet, the suspect placed the bomb on the bus and then called the terror cell’s commander in Beit Liqya, who then activated it via mobile phone. More arrests are expected.

During their interrogation the terror cell members, who are affiliated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, admitted to preparing the explosive device and selecting Tel Aviv as the target. They purchased cell phones that were later used to detonate the device by remote control. A gag order has been issued over the suspects’ identities.


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