Would-be Suicide Bomber Convicted for Attempted Murder

A terrorist who attempted a suicide bombing in Be'er Sheva has been convicted of attempted murder.

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Maayana Miskin, | updated: 20:22

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A Gaza terrorist who attempted a suicide bombing in Be'er Sheva three years ago has been convicted of attempted murder, and will be sentenced in the upcoming days. Under a plea bargain with state attorneys, the state will request that he be sent to prison for 19 years, while his attorneys will argue for a lighter sentence.

The convict, 25-year-old Abdullah Nahal of the Popular Resistance Committees terrorist group, planned to bomb a shopping center in the southern city. He met with a senior terrorist and underwent training, learning how to shoot and how to use a bomb belt.

The senior terrorist gave Nahal a bomb belt and civilian clothing to make him appear Israeli.

Before leaving Gaza, Nahal was videotaped reading a final message to his family. Terrorist groups traditionally film those planning a suicide bombing.

He managed to enter Israel from Egypt, and a fellow PRC member drove him to Be'er Sheva. The two carried the bomb belt in their car. The attack was thwarted shortly before it was to be carried out, after the Shin Bet (Israeli Security Agency) received intelligence information about it.