Security forces arrest Islamic Jihad man on suspicion of running over 3 Israelis

Shin Bet: 22-year-old Hebron man acted on his own, part of a series of lone-wolf terror attacks

June 16, 2015 16:22
Hitch hiking in Gush Etzion

Hitch hiking in Gush Etzion. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Security forces arrested a 22-year-old resident of Hebron on suspicion of running over and injuring three Israelis at Alon Shvut Junction at Gush Etzion in May.

In a joint Shin Bet, IDF and Israel Police operation, Muhammad Arfaya, an Islamic Jihad member, was taken into custody, security forces announced on Tuesday.

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During questioning, the Shin Bet said, the suspect confessed to acting on his own initiative to murder Israelis in Judea and Samaria.

He told interrogators that he set out on past occasions with a knife to stab Israelis, but that his efforts were unsuccessful.

The Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency said Arfaya's actions were an instance of a lone-wolf, unorganized terror attack, the latest in a series of such attacks, which lack the support of an organization or co-conspirators.

Arfaya will be charged at the Judea Military court in the coming days with terrorism charges.

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