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Shin Bet says it busted Islamic Jihad cell in West Bank that planned bomb attack

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Materials allegedly used in an explosive device that the Shin Bet security agency says was set up by a Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror cell in the West Bank. (Shin Bet)
Materials allegedly used in an explosive device that the Shin Bet security agency says was set up by a Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror cell in the West Bank. (Shin Bet)

The Shin Bet security service says it has foiled an attempt by the Gaza-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group to enlist residents of the West Bank to commit attacks against Israeli targets.

The agency says several Palestinians from the Jenin area — including Yasmin Shaaban, a 40-year-old mother of four — were detained for planning a bombing attack against farmers in the area.

It accuses Islamic Jihad operatives in the Gaza Strip of directing the cell to build explosive devices to use in an attack.

Shaaban is accused of passing information between Islamic Jihad members in Gaza and members of the cell in the West Bank. Her interrogation led to the arrest of seven others allegedly part of the cell, the Shin Bet says.

Footage released by the agency shows the members testing out an explosive device, shaped similar to a rocket.

Shaaban and five others have been formally indicted in the case.

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