Israel Police and ISA solve series of four attacks
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
On March 1, 2001, a bomb exploded in a taxi near the Mei Ami junction. An Israeli citizen, Claude Knap, was killed and 12 people were wounded. The terrorist responsible – who was severely wounded in the blast – was identified as Zeid Kiliani, a resident of Siris village near Jenin. Kiliani was arrested and remains hospitalized at Rambam Hospital in Haifa.
Kiliani confessed to ISA and Israel Police investigators that he had detonated the bomb in his possession when the taxi stopped at a checkpoint. Kiliani similarly confessed to having stabbed and wounded Col. Ya’akov Ben-Dayan in Tel Aviv’s Carmel market on February 21, 2001.
Kiliani also confessed to placing a bomb at an Allenby St. restaurant in Tel Aviv on February 28, 2001. The bomb was discovered and detonated by an Israel Police sapper. On the same day, Kiliani also planted a bomb near a group of young people on the Tel Aviv beachfront, near the Dolphinarium. His efforts to detonate the bomb were unsuccessful.
Kiliani perpetrated these attacks on behalf of Hamas.
Shortly after Kiliani’s arrest, the Israel Police and the ISA arrested his Jewish girlfriend – Holon resident Angelica Yosepov. Yosepov has admitted that she knew about the above-mentioned stabbing, and that Kiliani had two bombs in his possession.
Yosepov was with Kiliani when he placed the bomb at the Allenby St. restaurant and went with him to the Dolphinarium beach, knowing that he had another bomb. She was also with him as he planted the bomb and later tried to detonate it by means of a cellular phone. Yosepov also knew that Kiliani had a bomb with him as he boarded the above-mentioned taxi.
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