Israel arrests ISIS-affiliated cell in West Bank

The Shin Bet arrested a Hebron-based terrorism cell in November that was affiliated with the Islamic State, security forces announced on Sunday.

The cell planned to carry out a range of terrorist attacks, the Shin Bet said, and detonated a bomb in an attempted attack against the IDF, which failed to cause injuries.

Members of the cell are all residents of Hebron, the Shin Bet added, naming three men in their eary 20s. The cell’s members acted alone, and had no contact with outside elements, security sources familiar with the investigation said.

Security forces said Ahmed Shahada, 22, confessed during questioning to setting up an Islamic State cell with two other suspects and plotting attacks. He also admitted to building a number of bombs, one of which he threw at an army unit.

“They planned to murder an IDF soldier and use his weapon and uniform to carry out a shooting attack,” the Shin Bet stated. It named Muhammad Zaro, 21, and Qassai Div Masawada, 23, as suspects as well.