'PA arrests Hamas members planning J'lem suicide bomb'

Nablus members of Izzadin Kassam Brigades were reportedly preparing to kill city's Palestinian governor, kidnap settlers.

November 17, 2010 15:56
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Hamas forces in Gaza City.

Hamas forces 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)


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Palestinian Authority security forces arrested several members of the armed wing of Hamas, the Izzadin Kassam Brigades, who were planning to carry out a suicide bomb in Jerusalem, the Palestinian Ma'an News Agency reported on Wednesday.

The operatives had planned to undermine political stability and Fatah control in the West Bank, in addition to carrying out an assassination plot on a West Bank mayor.

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The Palestinian officials who informed Ma'an of the arrests claimed the Hamas cell was based in Nablus with a support network stretching throughout the northern part of the West Bank. They said that the PA forces had raided the group's headquarters in Nablus, confiscating weapons and cash belonging to the men.

PA officials alleged that the terror cell members had also planned to kidnap Israeli West Bank residents and assassinate the Palestinian governor of the West Bank city of Nablus

Ma'an reported that a booby-trapped car intended to be used in a suicide bombing was also found in the raid.

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