Four of the suspects in court on Thursday. (Photo: Mohammed Shinawi)
In first known case of Islamic State plot in Israel, Shin Bet says suspects confessed to training in the north in preparation for attacks.
Hassan Shaalan, Itay Blumenthal
Published: 10.01.15, 12:33 / Israel News
The Islamic State may have finally crossed Israel’s borders, according to an indictment presented to Nazareth’s District Court Thursday morning accusing seven Israeli Arabs of planning attacks in Israel on behalf of the organization, which is also known as ISIS.
According to the Shin Bet, the accused “created an Islamic State cell with the intention of carrying out terror attacks.”
Some of the suspects were said to have been in contact with several Israelis who joined ISIS in Syria. The former residents of Yafa an-Naseriyye in the Lower Galilee region apparently recruited the seven into ISIS and helped them plot their attacks.
A portion of the defendants allegedly trained in the woods near Yafa an-Naseriyye in preparation for the planned attacks.
Three of the accused, Ahmed Mahagna (20) from Yafa an-Naseriyye, Mohammad Sharif (22) from Nazereth and Mohammad Ghazali (23), were charged with contacting a foreign agent and an illegal organization while planning to attack Israeli military targets – specifically, to open fire at a police vehicle and an IDF base.
The gun used in the suspect’s training. (Photo: Shin Bet)