IDF Reports Sharp Rise in Attempts to Kidnap Soldiers

Since the beginning of the year, the Israel Defense Forces has counted 27 attempted or planned abductions of soldiers, mainly by terrorist cells. Some of the prisoners freed in the deal for kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit are encouraging other terrorists to abduct soldiers.

There has been a significant increase in attempts to abduct soldiers in recent months, a source in the Israel Defense Forces said on Thursday.