Security forces arrest 2 terror suspects for gas station 'revenge' firebombing

PFLP men from Awarta, near Nablus, sought 'revenge' for deadly arson attack on Duma home, investigation finds.

September 29, 2015 11:18
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Suspects arrested for West Bank gas station firebombing. (photo credit: Courtesy Shin Bet)

Security forces announced on Tuesday the arrest of two members of an alleged terror cell from the village of Awarta, near Nablus, on suspicion of hurling a Molotov cocktail at a gas station and igniting a fire. The incident occurred in the settlement of Ali in August.

On August 14, the Samaria gas station was targeted in an arson attack, and red graffiti affiliated with the PFLP terror organization was spray painted at the scene.

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In a joint Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), IDF, and Israel Police - Judea and Samaria District operation, security forces arrested two Palestinians, described by the Shin Bet as PFLP operatives, on suspicion of carrying out the attack.

Evidence gathered by a police crime scene investigation unit, and the testimony of a female eye witness, led to the arrests, the domestic intelligence agency stated.

It named the suspects as Majdi Kuarik, 22, and Ahmed Abdat, 23.

"During questioning by the Shin Bet, the two confessed to carrying out the attack," the Shin Bet said.

"Kuarik initiated the attack and drove a vehicle, while Abdat threw the firebomb, which ignited a fire at the station. They claimed the attack was revenge for the death of Ali Duwabshe, the [Palestinian] baby killed in an arson attack on his home [in the West Bank[ village of Duma at the end of July," the Shin Bet said.

The case material will be sent to the Judea and Samaria military prosecution soon, which will press charges against the men.

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