Shin Bet nabs Hamas terror cell planning kidnappings

Three terrorists captured earlier this year allegedly plotting to kidnap IDF soldiers as leverage to release Palestinian prisoners.

April 6, 2011 18:59
3 Hamas terrorists nabbed by the Shin Bet.

Hamas terror cell 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

A Hamas terrorist cell in the West Bank was captured earlier this year after allegedly plotting to kidnap IDF soldiers and use them as bargaining chips in a bid to release prisoners held by Israel, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced Wednesday.

The cell consisted of three operatives, including a former member of the Palestinian Authority security forces arrested by Israel in 2006 for planning a similar scheme and released in February. Another member, from the village of Bido, was released from an Israeli prison in December.

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According to the Shin Bet, the three men planned to purchase a plot of land in the Ramallah area and dig an underground cell in which to hold kidnapped soldiers. One of the operatives was to live in a house above the cell and care for the soldiers.

The Hamas men were arrested in January and charged in a military court last month.

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