Charges say ISIS-linked terrorists planned to carry out attack near Knesset

Bottles of chemicals found in the homes of two East Jerusalem men suspected of planning ISIS-inspired attacks in a photo released on January 22, 2024. (Israel Police)
Bottles of chemicals found in the homes of two East Jerusalem men suspected of planning ISIS-inspired attacks in a photo released on January 22, 2024. (Israel Police)

A charge sheet filed claims that two East Jerusalem residents arrested for trying to carry out an ISIS-inspired attack had plans to try to detonate a truck near the Knesset.

“Among the targets and plans considered, the accused wanted to carry out a terror attack by detonating a truck filled with gas canisters near the Knesset, in an attempt to kill as many Jews as possible and create mass damage,” the sheet says.

It does not appear that they proceeded with this plan.

Police said that the suspects, aged 19 and 20, were arrested on December 26 in their homes in Ras al-Amud in East Jerusalem. During a search, security forces found chemicals that were believed to be intended for use in making explosive devices, along with a notebook with instructions on preparing explosives and ISIS materials.

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