In early March of this year, a terror cell affiliated with Hamas in Abu Dis was uncovered and apprehended as the result of a joint effort of the IDF (Zahal), ISA and Israeli Police. Two of its main operatives were arrested.

The members of the terror cell conveyed detailed information regarding a terror attack they had been plotting for several months and intended to execute against Israeli civilians during the Jewish holiday of Purim. For the purpose of the attack, the terror cell purchased a vehicle, gathered information on the targeted location, and went through weapons training.

Members of the terror cell arrested:

Ma’an Nur Al-din Ahmad Shaer (1989) from Burka, the head of the cell, initiated the attack and orchestrated the planning process. Between 2009 and 2011, Shaer served time in prison for his involvement in a shooting attack against IDF (Zahal) soldiers.

Daud Raja Daud Aduan (1983) from Azaria, an operative in the Hamas terror organization, also served time in prison for illegal activity.

Over the course of the investigation, it was revealed that Shaer originally intended to execute the attack in Jerusalem. The targeted location was changed after Shaer recruited Aduan who suggested the Wadi Nar checkpoint located near Jerusalem instead. Shaer also planned to recruit yet another terror operative to take the role of the driver, and allow the terrorists to flee the crime scene immediately after the attack.

In order to prepare for the attack, members of the terror cell went through extensive weapons training. An AK-47 type rifle, a 9mm caliber gun and 40 bullets were found at their disposal.

The operatives used the vehicle they purchased to gather information about the targeted location. They planned to set it on fire once they escaped the site of the attack in order to cover their tracks and eliminate evidence.

Indictments against the members of the terror cell will be filed to the military court in Judea and Samaria in the following days.