East Jerusalem residents 'planned an ISIS-inspired plot to target security forces'

Suspects sought to blow up security forces' vehicle, according to indictment.

March 28, 2016 14:31
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A member of a militia kneels as he celebrates victory next to a wall painted with the black flag commonly used by ISIS militants. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Two residents of Jerusalem’s Sur Bahir neighborhood were charged Monday with planning an attack on a security forces vehicle in the capital.

The Jerusalem State Attorney’s Office filed the indictment against Mu’asab Alian, 23, and Samir Abd Rabo, 38, who face charges including, conspiracy to aid an enemy in time of war, membership in a terrorist organization and contact with a foreign agent.

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According to the indictment, Alian began supporting ISIS in 2014. He learned about the group’s ideology further during his religious studies throughout 2015 and 2016.

He decided to join ISIS in Syria and made two unsuccessful attempts to travel there, once through Jordan, and once through Turkey.

Rabo also studied ISIS through the Internet during this period, the indictment says.

At the end of 2015 the two suspects joined with a third unnamed person to allegedly plan the making of an explosive device to target security forces in Jerusalem in the name of ISIS.

During October 2015, the suspects allegedly bought a cellphone to serve as a remote control to detonate the bomb. They also bought a coffee grinder in order to process the materials needed to make the bomb, according to the indictment.

The indictment charges that the suspects, along with the third unnamed person, met from time-totime to discuss other materials that would be needed for the bomb and to carry out the attack.

“With these actions the suspects conspired to carry out an act that would aid the enemy in its war against Israel,” the indictment charges.

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