IDF: We Foiled a Huge Terror Attack

Senior officer says success like that of counterterrorist operation against Salafi cell happens ‘once in a decade.’

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Gil Ronen,

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The IDF's Central Command is highly pleased with an operation that killed three Salafi terrorists Tuesday at Yata, south of Hevron.

“Succeeding in preventing a terror attack of this magnitude, before it is executed, and with no one hurt from our forces, is an event that happens once in a decade,” a senior source from the Judea and Samaria Regiment said

“The elimination of three terrorists and the arrest of six collaborators are a meaningful achievement,” the source said. “There are definitely people out there, we do not know how many and where, whose lives have been saved by this move.”

The terrorists were killed in a raid by Shin Bet special forces, together with the Border Police’s elite SWAT unit, Yamam. The Salafi cell was planning to carry out an attack within the next few days.