Daily Israel Report

ISA Thwarts Soldier Kidnapping, Suicide Bombing

Israel has indicted a Hamas terrorist who was planning to kidnap an IDF soldier and aid a suicide bombing squad in reaching Eilat.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 3/22/2012, 7:01 PM

IDF at Sinai border
IDF at Sinai border
Flash 90

The IDF said Wednesday that the Israel Security Agency (ISA) arrested a Hamas terrorist who planned to kidnap an IDF soldier and aid in a suicide bombing in Eilat.

The ISA arrested Mahmed Abu Aadram,  an operative in the Hamas terror organization and Rafiah resident, as he attempted to infiltrate into Israel through the Gaza border with other terrorists.

Abu Aadram confessed to investigators that he escaped to Sinai approximately one year ago through a tunnel after having committed several crimes.  It was there he was contacted by Yones Shalof, described as commander of Hamas artillery responsible for the Hamas's outposts in Sinai.

Shalof asked Abu Aadra to work for Hamas in Sinai, manning observation posts and taking pictures of Israeli posts along the border, in order to carry out a terror attack against Israel from the region.

Abu Aadra understood from Shalof that other operatives were are already stationed in Sinai gathering intelligence for Hamas terror attacks, some receiving high salaries for their work. 

After agreeing to work for Hamas, Abu Aadra was smuggled to the Gaza Strip through a terror tunnel by Hamas operatives for a thorough briefing.

During August 2011, Mahmed and Roshdi Abu Aadra performed most of the observations equipped with high-tech cameras and GPS devices to mark their targets.

Among the targets was the Taba border crossing, specifically the security forces and guard posts. They also gathered intelligence on IDF military posts on the border, and several civilian targets in Eilat.

As part of their activity, the two terrorists crossed into Israeli territory several times.

After completing the observations, the two transferred the information to Gaza where it was examined by Hamas terror operatives.

ISA investigators also determined Abu Aadra supported terror attacks on both civilian and military targets in Israel using anti-tank missiles, as well as launching rockets from Sinai towards Israel.

The Hamas commander in Rafiah, Raad Ataar, told  Mahmed Abu Aadra his tasks would be to abduct an IDF soldier while aiding a squad of suicide bombers in reaching Eilat - which Aadra told investigators he had agreed to.

The ISA release came shortly after Aadra was indicted on a raft of security charges in Israel on Wednesday.