Security forces capture Hamas terrorist

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Baker Saad, a Hamas operative, had planned to carry out terror attacks involving shooting and kidnapping Israelis

Date: 06/03/2013, 4:03 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

The Israel Security Agency (ISA, or Shin Bet security service), in conjunction with the IDF (Zahal) and the Israel Police, discovered and arrested a Hamas terrorist planning to carry out terror attacks involving shooting and kidnapping Israelis, in May.

The suspect, Baker Atallah Samiach Saad, is a resident of the Ramallah area. He was instructed to carry out the attacks by a convicted terrorist who had been released as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange.

The ISA investigation revealed that in April of this year the suspect had met with Hisham Abed Elkader Ibrahim Hajaz, a Hamas terrorist, in Jordan. Hajaz was a member of a terror cell that carried out attacks between 2001 and 2003, resulting in the deaths of 10 Israelis – including soldiers and civilians. He was sentenced to 10 life sentences for his terror activities, before being released and exiled. He currently lives in Qatar.

In the course of their meeting, Baker Saad was recruited to Hamas and was ordered to promote shooting and kidnapping attacks against Israelis civilians and soldiers. Furthermore, Saad was instructed to act to recruit others for his terror activities, and even agreed to travel to Sudan to undergo military training. However, he was arrested before he managed to carry out his orders.

Investigations revealed that leading up to the execution of the terror attacks, Baker Saad was supposed to receive four weapons, via a runner whose identity is unknown, on behalf of Hajaz.

The results of the investigation into Baker Saad reflect a significant trend among Hamas terror operatives released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange who have returned to terror activity. Many of these terrorists have intended to carry out kidnapping attacks in order to bargain for the release of detained terrorists.