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Shin Bet arrests Palestinian teens for shooting attacks

The Shin Bet security service announces that during January it, along with the IDF and Israel Police, arrested two Palestinian minors suspected of carrying out shooting attacks in the Binyamin region, north of Jerusalem in the West Bank.

In a press release, the Shin Bet says the two suspects, both 17 and from the Palestinian village of Deir Abu Mash’al west of Ramallah, were arrested hours after shooting at Israeli cars on January 27.

The investigation also found that the two had carried out an earlier roadside shooting, on December 14, 2016, near the Halamish settlement, the Shin Bet says, as well as unspecified “additional attacks.”

A makeshift Carlo rifles allegedly used in shooting attacks against Israelis in the West Bank in late 2016 and early 2017 (Shin Bet)
A makeshift Carlo rifles allegedly used in shooting attacks against Israelis in the West Bank in late 2016 and early 2017 (Shin Bet)

There were no injuries in any of those attacks.

The Shin Bet says that during the investigation, security forces uncovered two makeshift Carlo rifles that agents then matched to casings taken from the scenes of the shooting.

“This investigation reveals, once again, the involvement of minors in severe terror activity, as well as the tangible security threat posed by terrorists’ access to makeshift weapons that can cause massive damage,” the statement says.

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