Jerusalem, 11 April 2002

Terrorist who planned Jerusalem suicide bombing killed in explosion in his car

(Communicated by a Spokesman of the Israel Security Agency)

Jaad Salem, a resident of the Dehaishe refugee camp near Bethlehem and a 26 year-old senior operative of the Fatah Tanzim terrorist organization, was killed on March 8, 2002, by an explosion in his car. The explosion was apparently caused by an attempt to prepare a car bomb.

Salem was involved in many terrorist attacks near Bethlehem, including shooting attacks and the detonation of explosive devices. He featured prominently in the execution of mortar attacks on the communities of Gilo and Tekoa.

In addition, Salem was involved in the planning and execution of the following murderous suicide bombings:

  • On February 18, 2002, a car bomb exploded close to the Al-Zaim checkpoint on the Jerusalem-Maale Adumim road. As a result of the attack, a policeman was killed.
  • On March 2, 2002, a car bomb exploded in the Beit Yisrael neighborhood in Jerusalem. Eleven Israeli civilians were killed and dozens more were wounded in the attack.