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Al-Qaeda Active In Terrorism Against Israel

First Publish: 5/6/2003, 6:51 PM

Israel has assessed that the latest wave of suicide bombings is being fueled by Al Qaeda and its supporters in Europe. Middle East Newsline reports in the name of Israeli military sources that Al Qaeda elements in Europe have recruited suicide bombers and obtained advanced explosives for the latest attacks against Israel. The sources said the explosives being used are smaller and more difficult to detect than those used by other Palestinian terrorists elsewhere in Yesha. "We are seeing, for the first time, specific recruitment abroad for attacks inside Israel," a senior military official said. "We don't know how widespread this is."

On Sunday, Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz reported a significant rise in Palestinian terror attacks since the formation of the government of PA Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen).

A paratroopers brigade uncovered an explosives lab in a village north of Shechem last night, and sappers blew it up. In Hevron, IDF forces last night caught the mastermind of the ambush attack of last November in which 12 soldiers and civilian fighters lost their lives between Hevron and Kiryat Arba. An M-16 rifle, a gun, two IDF grenades and nine rifle magazines were found in his home. The forces encircled his home, and after a few hours of negotiations, he gave himself up.