Israel arrests members of Islamic State-linked terror cell in Hebron

The Islamic State flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Israel security forces arrested three Arab men who were attempting to set up an Islamic State-linked terror cell in Hebron with plans of carrying out different attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers.

According to Israel’s Shin Bet security service, Ahmed Shahada, 22, admitted to setting up the cell with two other men and plotting terror attacks, including a failed bomb attack on Israeli soldiers that did not result in any injuries. 

“They planned to murder an IDF soldier and use his weapon and uniform to carry out a shooting attack,” the Shin Bet said.

The other two men were identified as Muhammad Zaro, 21, and Qassai Div Masawada, 23. The Shin Bet said all three men confessed to being part of the cell, with Masawada also admitting he planned to murder an Israeli at the Ein Abraham spring in Hebron and steal his weapon. 

According to Israeli officials, Islamic State and other global jihadist groups like al-Qaeda have a minimal but growing presence in the West Bank and Gaza. 

Posted on January 5, 2015 .