22 January 2002

IDF Raid on Explosives Lab in Nablus
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

IDF forces operated on Monday evening (Janaury 21) in the West Bank city of Nablus.

While carrying out arrests, IDF forces clashed with terrorists. Five terrorists were killed in the exchange of fire, and nine other suspects were arrested.

An explosives lab containing large quantities of explosives was found in an apartment. The terrorists were apparently planning to carry out an attack in the immediate future.

The terrorists’ identities are being verified.

Ha’aretz reports: According to Israeli security sources, two of the dead men – Jasser Samro and Nissam Abu Ros – were technical experts and prepared the explosive devices used in terror attacks in Haifa, the Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem, and the Dolphinarium in Tel Aviv. Samro and Abu Ros were on Israel’s most-wanted list.