More than a year after a firebombing attack on a car outside Ramallah left a 3-year-old moderately wounded, the Shin Bet security service announced Thursday that it had arrested three Palestinian men suspected of being responsible for the attack.
On October 23, 2015, an Israeli couple was driving with their three young children near the West Bank settlement of Beit El, north of Jerusalem, when their vehicle was attacked with Molotov cocktails.
The 3-year-old daughter was moderately wounded, while her parents and two siblings sustained light injuries. (In initial reports on the incident, the daughter was incorrectly identified as being four years old.)
On Thursday, the Shin Bet revealed that they had caught the alleged perpetrators of the attack, as part of a joint operation with the Israel Defense Forces and Israel Police.
The suspects were named as: Khaled Badha, 43, from the Kedura refugee camp in Ramallah, who had previously served time in Israeli prison for rock throwing and taking part in riots; Abdel Majid Badra, 27, from Beituniah, in the central West Bank; and Louie Nimr, 34, of the el-Amari refugee camp in Ramallah.
According to the Shin Bet, the three suspects told interrogators that the firebombing had been “part of a series of terror attacks carried out by assailants in the area.”
During their interrogation, they also told the Shin Bet that “some of them had planned to carry out a shooting attack,” the security service said.
A spokesperson for the Shin Bet said that indictments against the three suspects were set to be filed within the next few days.
“The Shin Bet security service, together with the IDF and Israel Police, will continue to work toward the goal of exposing and foiling the activities of terror cells that carry out attacks, at any time, even if [some] time has passed since the incident,” the agency said in a statement.