Israel Nabs Islamic Jihad Cell Plotting to Kidnap Israeli Soldier


idf-soldierThree members of an Islamic Jihad cell have confessed to plotting to kidnap an Israeli soldier, the Israel Security Agency said. Yusef Warda from the Israeli Arab town of Tira, and Tawfiq Agbariya and Said Jassr from the West Bank city of Jenin, told investigators they had scoured local hitchhiking stations in late December with the intention of finding a soldier to kidnap. They intended to smuggle the abductee into Jenin to be used as a negotiating chip for the release of Palestinian security prisoners jailed in Israel. They told investigators they offered a group of soldiers and civilians a ride, but no one took them up on it.

In recent months, the ISA has disclosed several attempts to abduct Israeli civilians. Officers from the IDF Central Command said that nearly every terrorist in the West Bank was plotting to kidnap Israelis.

{ Israel News Bureau}