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#1 Wanted Terrorist Caught

A joint IDF/GSS/police operation succeeded early this morning in capturing Ibrahim Hamed, who has topped Israel's "most wanted terrorists" list since 1998 for his role in the murder of 80 Israelis.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 5/23/2006, 8:36 AM / Last Update: 5/23/2006, 11:25 AM

Security source say Hamed, the head of the Hamas military wing in Judea and Samaria, was in the midst of planning additional large-scale attacks.

A special elite police force surrounded a building in Ramallah late last night, demanding that he give himself up. Though terrorists caught in similar situations often refuse to surrender, choosing to shoot and be killed instead, Hamed gave himself up when he saw an Israeli bulldozer approaching the house to overturn it.

Hamed, 41, is responsible for the deaths of 80 Jews in many different attacks. Among the terror atrocities he organized were the following:
• Cafe Moment in Jerusalem, March 9, 2002, 12 murdered
• Cafeteria in Hebrew University, July 31, 2002, 9 killed
• Double suicide car-bombing in Zion Square, Dec. 1, 2001, 11 murdered
• Sheffield Hall in Rishon LeTzion, May 7, 2002, 6 dead
• Suicide bombing at Tzrifin bus stop, Sep. 9, 2003, 9 murdered
• A few hours later, a suicide bombing at the Hillel Cafe in Jerusalem, killing seven, including Dr. David Appelbaum and his daughter Nava, who was to be married the next night

Israeli forces pursued Hamed over the course of the years, but he consistently escaped just in time, earning himself the moniker "ghost spirit" among the Israelis.

Hamed was in the midst of planning strategic attacks, including against trains and other infrastructures, when he was captured.