Suspected terrorists in pipe bomb attack in Hizma.
(photo credit: SHIN BET)
An east Jerusalem dentist and several members of his family have been arrested for carrying out a bombing that left an IDF officer seriously wounded in May, the Shin Bet said on Sunday.
According to the Shin Bet, 36-year-old Samer Mahmoud Dawoud Alhabiya, stashed 56 small pipe bombs in his dental office in Abu Dis, as well as two firebombs and one large pipe bomb.
The Shin Bet said Alhabiya told investigators he began planning his attacks in February because of what he called “desecrations of Al-Aksa Mosque and Israel’s harming of Palestinian children.”
Several bombs were remotely detonated by cellphone in the May 10 attack near the Palestinian village of Hizma, seriously wounding Sec.-Lt. Shahar Roditi, who suffered shrapnel wounds and broken facial bones.
An IDF patrol had spotted a suspicious device near Hizma, located near the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev; it was detonated when the soldiers stopped to inspect it.
Sappers later discovered that a total of four pipe bombs had been detonated at the scene, and that five more were set nearby but not detonated.
Arrested along with the dentist were his father, 64-year-old nurse Muhammed Dawoud Shahada Alhabiya; his brother 42-year-old Dawoud Shahada Mahmoud Alhabiya – also a dentist; Kalandiya resident and dentist Daganeh Faiz Jamil Nabhan, 36; and the main suspect’s cousin, 32-year-old Shadi Mahmoud Ahmed Muhsan of Abu Dis.