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Jerusalem - 'Foiled Jerusalem Tram Bombing Planned By Palestinian Student Over Temple Mount'

Published on: August 2, 2016 07:30 AM
By: Jerusalem Post
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Ali Abu Hassan, A palestinian student from hebron who was arrested two weeks ago with explosives in his bag at the lightrail station on King George street is brought for a court hearing at the Jerusalem Magistrates Court, on August 2, 2016. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 Ali Abu Hassan, A palestinian student from hebron who was arrested two weeks ago with explosives in his bag at the lightrail station on King George street is brought for a court hearing at the Jerusalem Magistrates Court, on August 2, 2016. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

A 21-year-old Palestinian civil engineering student from the West Bank’s Hebron University attempted to carry out a mass-casualty bombing attack on Jerusalem’s light rail in July  to exact revenge for Jewish visitation to the Temple Mount, police said on Tuesday.

On the morning of July 17, Ali Abu Hassan, of Beit Ila, near Hebron, carried three pipe bombs in a bag to Jerusalem’s Jaffa Center light rail stop, which he intended to detonate during the rush-hour commute. According to the police investigation, released on Tuesday, the day before the attempted attack, Abu Hassan entered Israeli territory through nearby Wadi Sur Baher, and then changed his clothes into sportswear “to assimilate into the population,” police said.

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“The next day, during the early morning, he prayed in a mosque nearby, boarded a bus in Talpiot reaching the city center, and began to walk along the railway tracks on Jaffa Road until reaching the intersection of Jaffa and King George Streets,” police said.

“When he arrived at the light rail stop at Jaffa station, he began to explore the surroundings in order to find a place for the attack.”

The joint investigation determined that Abu Hassan then observed the station from a nearby restaurant, and decided to target it after seeing many people boarding and exiting the train.

FILE  - Israeli security at the scene where a suspect was found with explosives in his bag at the lightrail station on King George street in central Jerusalem, on July 17, 2016. A young Palestinian was stopped by lightrail security who admitted to have explosives and planned to bomb the train. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90 FILE - Israeli security at the scene where a suspect was found with explosives in his bag at the lightrail station on King George street in central Jerusalem, on July 17, 2016. A young Palestinian was stopped by lightrail security who admitted to have explosives and planned to bomb the train. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

Noting the suspect’s suspicious behavior, security guards stationed nearby questioned him and soon determined he had three pipe bombs in his bag and immediately placed him under arrest and cleared the area of civilians.

Moments later, police sappers arrived at the scene, who found the connected bombs were interspersed with nails and screws dipped in rat poison, as well as two knives.

The light rail was shut down for over one hour until the bombs were neutralized and the scene cleared, police said, adding that Abu Hassan planned the attack for several days.

“He purchased the equipment and resources necessary to make the pipe bombs, and then learned through the Internet how to prepare the explosives to cause maximum damage,” police said. “He later performed a test, and blew up a number of freight components in order to check them before entering Israel.”

Before leaving to enter Jerusalem, Abu Hassan wrote a letter and will that he gave to a friend from Hebron University to give to his parents, police said.

“The investigation also revealed that the bomber acted alone, and without organizational infrastructure,” police interrogators concluded.

Abu Hassan is being charged with attempted murder, manufacturing weapons, and conspiracy to commit a crime. He remains in custody, and his detention has been extended by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court until Friday.‎



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 Aug 02, 2016 at 07:52 AM mendoza Says:

the dumb goverment will let him go , next time he will be smarter

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 Aug 02, 2016 at 08:12 AM Anonymous Says:

Terrorists who try to do mass bombings should get an automatic death penalty. The death needs to be slow, and with maximum suffering. This needs to be publicized in the Arab population. Yes, even the attempt is enough to merit this. Any libs out there who want to challenge this?

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 Aug 02, 2016 at 09:51 AM bennyt Says:

Make sure to feed this piece of excrement three hot meals a day, a comfortable bed, classes to earn a degree, play sports and watch soccer while in prison. That should be enough suffering for him.

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 Aug 02, 2016 at 11:04 AM Godol-Hador Says:

Hmmm
I wonder what Turkeys Erdogen or Russia's Putin would do to this university student?

Charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit a crime. Real strong stuff

Is there anyone stupider than the current Israeli Govt??

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 Aug 02, 2016 at 03:07 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

#4 the answer is no to your last question. The Zionists allow terrorists to get clean accomodations, 5 times a day prayer, soccer, free medical care to Arab terrorists but deny tefillin, sleep and kosher food to Jews, this is what happens when you abandon Torah kedosha.

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