Resident of eastern Jerusalem revealed in interrogation that he planned to carry out an attack on a bus carrying police officers near the Temple Mount.
By Ben Rappaport, United with Israel
A shooting terror attack in Jerusalem had been foiled, it was cleared for publication Sunday morning.
The plot was discovered through the efforts of Israel’s Shabak intelligence agency and Israeli police.
Last month, Shabak and Jerusalem police officers interrogated one Omar Abedin, 21, a resident of eastern Jerusalem, over suspicions he was planning to carry out a terror attacks.
During the investigation, the officers discovered that Omar was a member of the Hamas terror group and had taken part in Hamas activities as part of the Hamas-affiliated student cell at Birzeit University, near the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Ramallah.
It was also discovered that Abedin several months ago had begun communicating with a terror operative from Lebanon. The two communicated initially through Facebook, and later switched to communication through Telegram.
At a certain stage, Omar was asked to carry out a shooting or bombing attack, for which he would receive financial assistance from terror operatives in Judea and Samaria.
Abedin confessed that he agreed and planned to carry out a shooting attack on a bus carrying police officers in the area of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem District Attorney is today expected to file an indictment against him.
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