February 26, 2007

Organizer of Attempted Bombing eliminated (Feb 21)

From Jerusalem Post:

IDF troops on Wednesday shot and killed the leader of the Islamic Jihad group in Jenin who, defense sources say, was responsible for Tuesday's attempted suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. Mahmoud Abu Abait, 24, was traveling in a car in the center of Jenin when undercover IDF soldiers shot and killed him, the witnesses said. An Israeli combat helicopter was seen in the area at the time, they said. According to Army Radio, defense sources said the would-be bomber who was arrested in Tel Aviv on Tuesday evening admitted during hisinterrogation that Abait was the one who had sent him on the mission and supplied him with the homemade explosives he was carrying. On Tuesday, Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombing attempt. The bomber was from the Jenin area. Overnight Tuesday, IDF troops also arrested three more wanted Islamic Jihad operatives during the Jenin operation. They also arrested a member of Hamas in Hebron.