Israeli security forces discovered lethal weapons, including an M-16 assault rifle, hidden inside children’s beds during a house raid operation in pursuit of a three-Muslim terror cell, it was cleared for publication on Thursday.
The Muslim terrorists were arrested in a joint operation carried out by the IDF and the Shin Bet and are believed to have used the M-16 to fire shots at Israeli communities and IDF bases in Samaria.
Israeli forces arrived last month at the homes of two of the Muslim terrorists and arrested them during a raid in which weapons were found concealed in the pink-covered beds.
During April this year, around ten shooting terror attacks were carried out against Israeli civilians and against IDF forces in the Jenin area, Shechem and Tulkarem. While none of the shots resulted in injuries, damage was caused to property.
An investigation launched by the Shin Bet revealed that the terror cell comprised three residents of the Fahma Arab village in the region, two of whom were identified as Louie Ahmed shafiq Sa’abaneh (34), a lawyer by profession and affiliate of the terror group ‘The Popular Front,’ and his cousin Shafiq Mahmoud Shafiq Sa’abaneh (26).
During the arrests security forces discovered and confiscated a number of weapons and also appropriated vehicles, some of which were used by the cell’s members to carry out the attacks.
The Shin Bet investigation exposed the full extent of the cell’s operations which also included firing shots at IDF vehicular patrols.
The main Israeli communities which found themselves in the crosshairs of their rifles were Shaked, Hermesh and Shavei Shomron.
The cell also planned attacks which involved shooting at moving civilian vehicles. One of the members predicted that he would be killed during one of his terror attacks and therefore prepared a will which he kept in his home. Indictments are expected to be filed against the terrorists.