Army Arrests 45 Islamic Militants
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) _ Israeli security forces arrested 45 Islamic militants suspected of planning a car bombing and other attacks in Jerusalem, the army said Monday.
The group was led by Mohammed Daya, a leader of the military wing of Hamas, Israel radio said.
Daya was responsible for planning the kidnapping of Sgt. Nachshon Waxman, an Israeli-American citizen killed in October during a failed rescue attempt, the radio said.
An army spokesman said Daya’s group was planning to plant bombs at bus stops and hijack an Israeli bus to Eygpt.
Among the 45 arrested was a preacher from the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem named Raed Daaneh, army radio reported.
The roundup followed a shootout in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday in which Israeli soldiers killed a leading member of Hamas, Hamed Yamour. Yamour was suspected of killing half a dozen Israelis in the past three years.