RAMALLAH, November 17 (JMCC) - Palestinian Authority
security forces have arrested Hamas
members in the West Bank
. They were suspected of planning to assassinate the Mayor of Nablus
, Jibran Al-Bakhri, abduct settlers, and carry out suicide attacks in Jerusalem
report Palestinian news agency Ma'an.
Those arrested are believed to be members of the Izzadin Kassam Brigades.Read
The operatives had planned to undermine political stability and Fatah control in the West Bank, in addition to carrying out an assassination plot on a West Bank mayor.
The Palestinian officials who informed Ma'an of the arrests claimed the Hamas cell was based in Nablus with a support network stretching throughout the northern part of the West Bank. They said that the PA forces had raided the group's headquarters in Nablus, confiscating weapons and cash belonging to the men.
Ma'an reported that a booby-trapped car intended to be used in a suicide bombing was also found in the raid.
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