JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian terror cell accused of being behind at least 10 shootings at military and civilian targets in the West Bank was apprehended, with the assault rifle allegedly used in the attacks found hidden in a child’s bed.
Three men said to be aligned with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine were arrested in Faham, according to an announcement released Thursday by the Shin Bet security service. The suspects remain in custody.
The attacks, which caused damage but no injuries, occurred last month in the northern West Bank.
An M-16 was found in the headboard storage space of a child’s bed, complete with Dora the Explorer sheets.
Last month, forces apprehended 2 men suspected of committing about 10 shooting attacks. The weapon used was concealed in a child’s bed. pic.twitter.com/6AkubsPu1Z— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) May 4, 2017
“This cynical exploitation of hiding things in a children’s room is known to us,” a senior IDF intelligence officer told The Times of Israel. “It’s not the first time, and it won’t be the last time that weapons are hidden in a child’s room or other places where they think we won’t look.”