Men behind firebomb incident confess to carrying out attack, Shin Bet says

December 27, 2014 19:09
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The Shin Bet and IDF arrested two Palestinians on suspicion of carrying out a firebombing of an Israeli vehicle on Thursday, which critically injured an 11-year-old girl and lightly injured her father.

The two suspects were arrested with several others just hours after the incident. They are from the Samaria village of Azoun.

During questioning, both confessed to carrying out the attack, the Shin Bet said. One of the attackers is a 16-year-old minor, it added.

According to their statements, the two, armed with Molotov cocktails, walked along a road leading from Ma'ale Shomron to Matan with the intention of firebombing Israeli vehicles.

They waited on the side of the road, and lit a Molotov cocktail after seeing Israeli vehicles pass through. One car caught fire, and the suspects then fled back to Azoun, the Shin Bet said.

Both father and daughter managed to escape the burning vehicle on Thursday evening, but the girl suffered extensive burns. They were both evacuated to the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer.

The incident occurred east of Kalkilya in the West Bank, and the IDF launched a wide-scale search in the area for the attackers.

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