Three arrested in Israel, allegedly planned terrorist attacks

Jan. 22, 2014 at 5:19 PM

JERUSALEM, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Three people were arrested in Israel Wednesday for their alleged involvement in an al-Qaida suicide bombing plot, the Israeli security agency Shin Bet said.

The three, all Palestinians, allegedly planned simultaneous terror attacks on Jerusalem's International Convention Center and the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. They were arrested Dec. 25, a gag order on the case, lifted Wednesday, revealed, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

Haaretz said the three allegedly were recruited over the Internet, a typical procedure for global terrorism groups. It added the Shin Bet's announcement demonstrates the groups have not yet adjusted to the post-Edward Snowden era, with large-scale wiretapping and Internet traffic tracking by government intelligence agencies, including Israel's.

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