Israel Arrests Hamas Operatives Suspected in Jerusalem Bus Bombing

Though the perpetrator of the April 18 bus bombing in Jerusalem died of his wounds, three other suspects may have made the bomb and planned additional attacks.

The scene of a bombing in Jerusalem, April 18, 2016.
Olivier Fitoussi

Members of a Hamas terror cell suspected of bombing a Jerusalem bus in April were arrested in a joint operation with the army and the police, the Shin Bet security service said Monday.

All the suspects are from Bethlehem in the West Bank, and indictments are expected within days.

The men are suspected of making the bomb that was used in the April 18 suicide bombing on a No. 12 city bus in the capital, in which 19 people were wounded and five more were treated for shock. They also allegedly planned additional attacks, including suicide bombings, shootings and car bombings, the Shin Bet statement said.

The perpetrator of the bus bombing, Abd al-Hamid Abu Srur, died of his wounds the next day.

Abu Srur’s alleged accomplices were arrested within a couple of days after the attack and delivered to the Shin Bet for questioning.

The Shin Bet said that Abu Srur was affiliated with Hamas.

Two of the suspects allegedly carried out a shooting in 2015 that caused no injuries.