Massive suicide bombing thwarted

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
A massive suicide bombing aimed to strike at the center of Tel Aviv was thwarted when Israeli intelligence uncovered the plot and found the bomber in an apartment.

The Palestinian man succeeded in entering Israel with a large bomb and wandered around yesterday but failed to detonate the deadly device. Israeli intelligence learned of the plot early in the day, raised the alert level in the city, set up roadblocks and conducted searches throughout the area.

Police found the would-be bomber in a Bat Yam apartment, south of Tel Aviv, together with his driver and a number of other suspects. The building was evacuated, but no explosives were found in the second-floor apartment.

The would-be terrorist left Jenin on Tuesday morning with a heavy bag of explosives, wandered around the region and left the bag in a trash receptacle in Rishon Letzion, south of Bat Yam. He led police to the bomb which was detonated safely.

Police said they don’t know why the man, a member of an Islamic Jihad cell based in Jenin, did not detonate the explosives. The Jenin cell belongs to is believed to have been behind several prior terrorist attacks.

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