Two Salafi-jihadi terrorists who were in the middle of planning a terror attack
for the coming days were killed in a counterterrorism mission in the village of
Yatta, near Hebron, the Shin Bet announced Tuesday evening.
Palestinian terror suspects were in a car that had explosives and firearms in
it, when they were met by the counterterrorism unit and additional special
forces, who were sent to intercept the vehicle, a senior IDF source
Israeli forces opened fire at the car’s wheels, and the suspects
fired back. Following an exchange of fire, the two suspects were killed, the
A little over an hour after the firefight that killed the
two terrorists, security forces engaged a third armed suspect. The terror
suspect was shot dead in the exchange. There were no injuries reported among
The suspects had plotted a series of attacks against
Israel and the Palestinian Authority, security forces stated, and spent recent
months preparing in a hideout.
Alleged plots include an attempt to kidnap
an IDF soldier, and bombings.
Security sources said more details would
emerge in the course of the investigation, saying that the raid had not yet
ended and that additional members of the terrorism cell were still being
“We found two explosive devices in the car. [The bodies of] two
men [who] were armed [were] inside,” the source said.
began making arrests linked to the cell in recent days in the southern West
Bank. Initial suspicions are that they were part of a local group driven by
extremist religious ideology.