Itongadol.- The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and Jerusalem Police prevented a stabbing attack on a security guard at a sensitive Jewish enclave in east Jerusalem, according to a statement by the security agency on Thursday.
Israel says it foiled Palestinian terror attack in east Jerusalem
The Shin Bet said that earlier this month they and the Jerusalem Police arrested three suspects, Muhammed Nasser Ahmed Abassi, 21, Murad Muhammed Uda Kustiro, 23, and a minor, on suspicion of plotting an attack on security guards stationed outside of Beit Ovadia, a Jewish building in the mainly Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan.
The Shin Bet said that Abassi confessed to having the minor carry out surveillance on the house ahead of a planned shooting attack. Abassi later decided that a stabbing attack had more potential to work, so he acquired a knife and axe and stashed them at his house and his grandfather’s house, the Shin Bet said.
He also admitted to making pipe bombs and Molotov cocktails which were used against Israeli police during recent rioting in East Jerusalem.
According to the Shin Bet, Abassi is affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, while the other two are not linked to any group.