Jerusalem, December 9, 2003

The thwarting of a suicide bombing attack in Rosh Ha’ayin
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

 The thwarting of a suicide bombing attack in Rosh Ha-ayin-9-Dec-2003

IDF Spokesman 

 The thwarting of a suicide bombing attack in Rosh Ha-ayin-9-Dec-2003

Explosive belt found after failed attack in Rosh Ha’ayin (Dec 9, 2003)

The IDF, Israel Police and the ISA arrested yesterday (December 8) a suicide bomber, connected to the Tanzim terrorist infrastructure in Nablus, who was on his way to carry out a suicide bombing in Rosh Ha’ayin.

Recently, the Tanzim terrorist infrastructure in the Balata refugee camp has been preparing to attempt to carry out a suicide bombing in Rosh Ha’ayin. The head of the infrastructure who was also involved in directing the attack is Halil Araisha, a 23-year old, resident of the Balata refugee camp and a Fatah operative who is wanted by security forces.

Early yesterday morning the suicide bomber, Suliman Abu Awis, a 20-year old resident of Balata refugee camp, and his accomplice Zaber Abu Saris, a 37-year old father of seven from Nablus, left Balata in order to carry out a suicide bombing. They were accompanied by Latifa Abu Dara, a 40-year old resident of Nablus and mother of seven. The woman accompanied the pair to create the impression that the suicide bomber was innocent and to facilitate easy passage to the target in Israel. This was based on the assumption of their dispatchers that women are less thoroughly checked.

The suicide bomber and his accomplice traveled in one vehicle, while Latifa drove a separate vehicle carrying a bag with an 8-kilogram explosive belt, which was intended for the suicide bomber. Later that day, Latifa who walked before the two, opened a path for the bomber and his counterpart, allowing them to pass through checkpoints. In the area of Kafr Kasem, Latifa placed the explosive belt on the bomber and then returned to Nablus.

When the bomber and his dispatcher began to make their way towards Israel, they noticed the activity of security forces in the area, and decided to try and return to Nablus. Once they understood they could not return back to Nablus due to the presence of the forces, the two decided to hide the explosive belt and flee to the community of Hablah.

They were arrested by security forces in the area and were transferred for further questioning to the ISA. The suicide belt was retrieved this morning as a result of information obtained from them.