NISSIM B’CHOL YOM: Huge Massacre Averted As Arab Nabbed With Submachine Gun, Bombs

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Yasam officers arrest a Palestinian who was armed with a makeshift Carlo submachine gun and two pipe bombs filled with nails on his way to a mass massacre in Tel Aviv.

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B’Chasdei Hashem, a large-scale terror attack was thwarted on Thursday afternoon after Yasam police officers stopped a suspect in Yafo armed with a submachine gun and two pipe bombs.

The officers stopped the suspect after he raised their suspicions and searched him. After he was transferred for questioning, he admitted to interrogators that he was on the way to carry out out a large-scale attack in a crowded area in Tel Aviv.

One of the Yasam officers who stopped the suspect, Sharif Hasson, explained what happened. “We were patrolling in Yafo. We identified a suspicious person, stopped him, and while we were checking him, he admitted that he was in Israel illegally and didn’t have any ID. He had a really heavy bag and there was something metal poking out. While checking it we saw it was a gun. We told him to  get down on the ground, that he was under arrest.”

The makeshift Carlo submachine gun found in the suspect’s bag. (Israel Police)

“He was trying to carry out a massacre,” Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai told reporters.

The suspect, a 19-year-old resident of Shechem who had entered Israel illegally, had recently been released from a prison sentence for bringing a knife to Har HaBayis in April. A second suspect who was nearby was also arrested on suspicion of aiding the terrorist.

On Thursday evening, Israeli security forces set up checkpoints near Ariel in the Shomron after receiving intelligence from the Shin Bet about an additional suspect who aided the terrorist. The terrorist’s brother was later arrested at the Tupuach junction.

Channel 12 News reported further details of the incident on Friday morning. The suspect, Mohammad Minawi, left his home in Shechem with the machine gun and pipe bombs and crossed the security fence in the Tulkarem area. He then traveled via taxi to Yafo, where his suspicious behavior led the Yasam officers to stop him. After his arrest, he was taken for questioning by the Shin Bet where he admitted: “I planned to carry out a mass attack in a crowded place in Tel Aviv.”

The report added that the State requested to sentence him to ten months of prison after his indictment for a terror offense on Har HaBayis but the court sentenced him to only a four-month prison sentence and he was released after serving only two months.

Kan News reported that after Minawi was arrested on Har HaBayis, he said in his interrogation (only six months ago): “If I had obtained a gun or rifle, I would have committed an attack. I’m not prepared to carry out an attack with a knife, only with something bigger. I hate Jews and I’m ready to kill anyone who’s not Muslim.”

On Thursday evening, Prime Minister Yair Lapid met with the two Yamam officers, Hasson and Mohabua Mengistu, who prevented a terrible tragedy, to thank them for their life-saving actions.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid meets with the two Yamam officers, Sharif Hasson (R), and Mohabau Mengistu (L.) (Photo: Elad Gutman)

Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Yair Lapid held a situational assessment at the Kirya IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv in the wake of the recent surge in terror attacks.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

5 COMMENTS

  1. At the same time, this demented Alzheimer diseased treasonous America hating DemonRat (sewer rat) taking up space in the White House, is telling Israel not to be too harsh on these murderous terrorist poisonous snakes.
    Shouldn’t surprise us a bit, this same terrorist loving swine,deliberately left forty billion dollars worth of the most sophisticated arms for the murderous Taliban.
    Also this treasonous zombie was the only one in Obama’s cabinet who voted against killing that monster Bin Ladin