Cleared for publication: Hamas suicide attack on election day thwarted

Cleared for publication: Hamas suicide attack on election day thwarted by Shin Bet

The Shin Bet domestic security service said Sunday they managed to prevent a Hamas suicide attack before the general elections on April 9.

It was cleared for publication that the Shin Bet, together with the IDF, recently uncovered terror infrastructure in Judea and Samaria recruited by senior Hamas terrorists from Gaza to carry out a serious terror attack close to election day near Maaleh Adumim.

23-year-old Muslim terrorist Yahya Abu Dia, from the Arab village of Az Zaayyim, was arrested by security forces on March 31, 2019. During his investigation, authorities uncovered that he had been recruited by senior Hamas terrorists in Gaza, that had been in contact with them online, and had agreed to act a suicide bomber.

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Abu Dia was asked to buy a car and rent a storage room in order to prepare a car bomb. He was also asked to monitor locations in the Maaleh Adumim area, where there was a high concentration of buses, civilians, and soldiers in order to carry out the terror attack.

The Shin Bet said that as part of preparations for the suicide attack, Abu Dia was asked by Hamas terrorists to film a will that he carried out the attack in the name of Hamas’ armed wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam.

He purchased a tripod and planned to film the will before he left for the attack, wearing an al-Qassam bandana.

An indictment will be filed in the coming days against the Muslim terrorist.