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Shomron Resident Suspect in Numerous Terror Attacks, Some Fatal

arrest1.jpgThe lifting of a gag order and report of the arrest of a Shomron resident, suspected of acts of terror, has opened the door for an influx of criticism against residents of Yehuda and Shomron.

37-year-old Yaakov Teital, of Shvut Rachel, remains in ISA (Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet) administrative detention, a prime suspect in two murders and other acts of terrorism. The former American is believed to have murdered two Arabs in 1997, a resident of the eastern capital and a second attack near Carmel, in Yehuda.

Police are also looking at Teital for a number of other unsolved acts of terror, including a bombing attack against prominent radical left-wing professor, Dr. Ze’ev Sternhell, who was lightly injured, as well as a bombing attack against a missionary family in Ariel, which left one person with serious injuries. He is also tied to a number of bombing attacks against Arabs.

Police stated on Sunday afternoon that rumors connecting Teital to a motzei shabbos fatal bombing attack against a Tel Aviv to’eva headquarters are unfounded, stating Teital is not linked to this yet unsolved attack.

Teital is married, the father of four children, a 4-month-old infant to age 5. Teital was arrested during Sukkos, but there was a gag order on the case. Police reportedly did not find anything incriminating in the former Marine’s home, but another report states authorities did uncover a weapons cache under his home, containing weapons and ammunition smuggled into the country when he made aliyah.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)

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