Israeli security services announced that they had arrested six people linked to the Islamic State group in connection with a series of deadly attacks earlier this year.
“Six residents of the city of Nazareth were arrested a few weeks ago. Shin Bet is interrogating them on suspicion of trying to carry out terrorist activities on behalf of the Islamic State (IS) in Israel.” Security Service Israel (Shin Bet) announced on October 2.
The men tried to attack an Islamic school in the city of Nazareth because it “operated in a pagan way,” Shinbet said. The six men also planned to attack the side of a crowded bus in northern Israel, a police station in Nazareth and a wooded area frequented by Jews.
“The suspect was exposed to ISIS content posted on the Internet and was deeply immersed in its ideology,” Shinbet said, adding that the investigation “clearly shows IS’ influence in Israel.”
Israel’s security services said the five suspects were between the ages of 18 and 25 and one was a minor, so the suspect’s identity and image were not released.
In March, an Islamic State sympathizer carried out a knife and car crash in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, killing four people. Days later, two Israeli police officers were shot dead and several wounded in an attack in the northern city of Hadera.
The Beer Sheva and Hadera attacks have raised long-standing concerns in Israel about the recruitment of IS members. IS is said to be looking for members of the Arab community, which makes up about a fifth of Israel’s population.
Nguyen Jin (follow AFP)