The Shin Bet, IDF and Israel Police early Tuesday shot and eliminated Muslim terrorist Ahmad Jarrar, the head of the terror cell responsible for the murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevah from Havat Gilad.
Around 3am, the Shin Bet received intelligence that Jarrar was hiding in a complex of buildings in the village of Yamun, 9 kilometers west of Jenin, in Samaria.
Upon arriving at the scene, troops from the Border Police’s counter-terrorism unit Yamam called on Jarrar to come out.
He came out of one building armed with an M-16 assault rifle and a bag full of explosives, prompting the Israeli forces to open fire and eliminating him.
The Israeli troops also arrested several terrorists accomplices who helped Jarrar hide.
The Givati Brigade’s reconnaissance battalion provided support to the Yamam forces, while combat engineering troops arrived at the scene with bulldozers. No Israeli troops were hurt in the incident.
Jarrar personally took part in the drive-by shooting that claimed the life of Rabbi Shevah. A Shin Bet investigation found the cell he led was involved in other attempts to carry out attacks and in the planning of additional attacks. The interrogation of other cell members already arrested by Israeli forces is still ongoing and a gag order has been placed on any additional details.
During the month that followed the January 9 attack in which Rabbi Shevah was murdered, IDF troops conducted an extensive search for Jarrar and his accomplices. They closed in on three other houses where Jarrar was believed to be hiding before finally locating him in Yamun.
The terrorist’s father, Naser Jarrar, spent time in Israeli prison on and off between the late 1980s and 1996. He was in charge of recruiting terrorists and orchestrating suicide bombings during the second intifada, including a massive planned attack on a high-rise building, which was thwarted.
He escaped an assassination attempt in early 2001 only to be injured in May of that year in a “work accident” while planting explosives, losing both of his legs and one of his hands. Despite his disability, he continued his terror activity.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman praised the troops, writing on Twitter that “The score has been settled. I congratulate the IDF, the Shin Bet and the Yamam for a successful operation. It was clear it was only a matter of time until we hurt the head of the cell that murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevah. I hope and believe we will soon get to the murderer of Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal as well.”