Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Breaking News: Palestinian Terror Cell Captured

Media ban lifted: IDF Radio (Galei Tzahal) Reports: Palestinian terror cell captured in Beitlechem/Hevron area. Gang was responsible for murder of American female tourist (Christine Luken) last month. The Palestinian terror cell was also responsible for a murder last year of Neta Blatt (also near Beit Shemesh).

8 cell members captured. 5 still at large.

In addition to these 2 murders, this Palestinian terror cell was responsible for dozens of other criminal activities against Jews.

More from the JPost (added later):
Wilson was found with her hands bound and several stab wounds to her chest and back. Logan's body was found several hundred meters from the road between Mata and Beit Shemesh.

The suspects were arrested on December 21 in a joint IDF-Shin Bet operation and during their interrogation confessed to perpetrating the attack and reenacted it in the field.

During their interrogation, one of the suspects, Kafah Animat, confessed to another murder last February of Neta Blatt, a teacher who was found dead near Beit Shemesh.

The suspects also confessed to perpetrating additional stabbing and shooting attacks with the declared goal of murdering Jews. They were not believed to have been affiliated with an organized terrorist group.

Shin Bet sources said that the suspects succeeded in entering Israel through gaps in the security barrier near the settlement of Beitar Illit south of Jerusalem. They said that the suspects confessed to planning the murder of Logan that day. “They decided they wanted to kill someone that day,” a Shin Bet source said.

During the struggle, Wilson succeeded in stabbing one of the suspects in the arm with a small pocketknife she carried with her as a tour guide. This enabled the Shin Bet to identify one of the suspects, who was imprisoned in Israel in the past in Israel, to Logan’s murder through DNA samples that were found at the scene.

During the reenactment of the murder, the suspects led the investigators to a backpack in which they had placed the cash, keys and cellular phones. Wilson, who was stabbed in the chest, pretended to be dead and was able to fool the attackers who then left the scene after killing Logan.

She then walked 400 meters barefoot, with her hands tied behind her back and a blindfold on her eyes until she reached a parking lot where she was found by other hikers.

Animat, one of the suspects who was involved in both murders, said that after the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January 2010 – attributed to the Mossad – he decided to avenge the attack and stabbed a couple near Beit Shemesh and a few weeks later opened fire at an IDF patrol near the Gush Etzion Junction. The suspects also confessed to committing a string of burglaries in the Beit Shemesh area.

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Anonymous said...

a string of robberies in Bet Shemesh....

well I guess we can wait and see if the Shabbat-school robberies stop this week. seems unfortunate that no police had the confidence to ever stop any of the weekly incidents over the past 3 months, they were quite predictable (a few more schools will be hit this Shabbat, likely those not yet hit before....)

Commenter Abbi said...

If the news has been reported in a paper already, it's not breaking. It's broken.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Abbi; When the post went up, it wasn't reported in any of the papers yet. The post went up as the media ban was lifted.

Only later, did I add the JPost information, which is why it says, "More from the JPost (added later)"

I updated the blog post with that information...but when the post first went up, it was definitely "breaking news".

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