Al-Qaeda-linked cell in Jerusalem nabbed by Israeli security forces

( Three al-Qaeda-linked terrorists in eastern Jerusalem were recently arrested by Israeli security forces, which uncovered the terrorists’ plots to carry out large-scale terror attacks throughout Israel.

According to the Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic security force, the intended targets included the Jerusalem Convention Center, a bus line traveling between Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim, and the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.

The Shin Bet said that the three eastern Jerusalem suspects were recruited by an al-Qaeda operative in Gaza named Ariv al-Sham, who was possibly under direct orders from Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri to carry out the attacks.

Al-Sham used Skype and Facebook to recruit the three suspects—Ayad Abu-Sara, Rubin Abu-Najma, and Ala Anam. The Shin Bet said that Abu-Sara had plotted with Al-Sham to recruit additional foreign terrorists to carry out a truck and suicide bomb attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Convention Center simultaneously. Abu-Sara also said during integration that he planned to attack a bus and gun down passengers and first responders at close range.

Abu-Sara had also planned to travel to Syria for jihadi training.The other suspects confessed to plots to carry out additional terror attacks as well.

Posted on January 22, 2014 .