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In the incident, Israeli soldiers came under fire at a checkpoint near Tulkarem, which is west of Nablus. As part of the Shin Bet investigation of the attack, a number of Palestinians from the village of Danaba and the Tulkarem refugee camp were arrested. They included a number of Palestinian Authority official security forces, one of whom was released as part of the deal to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from Hamas captivity in 2011.
According to the Shin Bet, the cell undertook seven different attacks before they were arrested. They also planned to buy heavy arms for additional attacks. While conducting the investigation, the Shin Bet seized weapons, including two homemade Carl Gustav submachine guns and makeshift pipe bombs fashioned from fire extinguishers.
"This investigation reveals serious terror activities intended to harm IDF soldiers and involving terrorists who support the Tanzim as well as those of the Palestinian Authority's security apparatus," read the statement. The Tanzim is a militant Palestinian faction affiliated with the Fatah movement.