SEPTEMBER 8 2011 03:29h
Israel says Hamas bomb attacks foiled
Several attacks against Israel were in the works by members of 13 different terror cells in the West Bank and Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Post reported.
Shin Bet, the Israel security agency, seized two bombs concealed within fire extinguishers on Aug. 21, the date of the planned attack, in the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood. Sayyid Kussama, 20, an Hamas operative, was arrested as the alleged would-be suicide bomber a day later.
The terror cells were also reportedly planning the abduction of an Israeli soldier in an attempt to use him as leverage to have Palestinians prisoners released.
Israeli security officials allege Hamas centers in Syria and Saudi Arabia funded the attack plots in order to boost military capabilities in the West Bank.
JERUSALEM, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- An attempted suicide attack in Jerusalem was foiled and dozens of Hamas terror suspects were arrested in recent months, Shin Bet said Wednesday.