Hamas Cell Planned Terrorist Attack on Purim, Shin Bet Says

Israeli security services say suspects planned to attack military targets near Jerusalem.

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Suspects Daud Adwan (left) and Ma'an Sa'ar.
Suspects Daud Adwan (left) and Ma'an Sa'ar.Credit: Shin Bet
Gili Cohen
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Israel's Shin Bet security service said on Tuesday a Hamas cell planned to carry out a terror attack against Israeli army targets in Abu Dis, near Jerusalem. The attack was meant to take place over the Purim holiday last March. The cell members will be charged in the coming days at the Judea Military Court.

According to the Shin Bet, the suspects purchased a car for the attack, held target practice and collected information on the targets, but were apprehended in early March. Investigators uncovered a gun, an AK-47 and some 40 bullets.

The suspected leader of the cell was named as Ma'an Sa'ar, 26, who had previously served jail time for his involvement in a shooting attack. Another member was named as Daud Adwan, who had also been in Israeli prison.

The Shin Bet says the cell's original plan was to carry out the attack in Jerusalem, but later decided to target the "container" checkpoint south of Abu Dis. Security services said the attack was in its final planning stages.

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