The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced on Monday that it prevented a massive terrorist bombing attack and suicide bombings slated to occur within Israel.
It said it arrested a number of terror suspects in the West Bank and uncovered a number of operatives in the Gaza Strip.
The terror cell, the agency said, was busted and its plans thwarted on December 14, with those involved undergoing interrogations in recent weeks. The agency said the bomb had been built, was ready for use and was seized before it could be detonated.
The suspects arrested were part of the West Bank’s “Resistance Committees” and al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, with influence and planning from Gaza terrorist operatives. The bomb was similar to the one that was used in the attack on a bus stop in Jerusalem last month that killed two people.
There were multiple rounds of breakthroughs in the case, with several waves of arrests, including uncovering operatives, their handlers and explosive materials designated for a bombing within Israel, said the Shin Bet.