Suicide Bomber Wounds Soldier, Women's Terror Cell Busted

A female suicide bomber blew herself up Monday afternoon near IDF soldiers operating in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun. One soldier was lightly wounded.

Hillel Fendel and Hana Levi Julian , | updated: 6:40 PM

Mirfat Masoud, a resident of Jabaliya, was affiliated with the Al-Quds Brigades, an offshoot of the Islamic Jihad terror organization. Masoud was stopped by troops who became suspicious of her behavior as she approached them wearing an explosives vest. From a distance, they told her to take off her coat - but she refused, and instead began running towards them. She detonated the bomb, but failed to achieve her murderous goal, wounding lightly one one soldier.

It was released for publication on Monday night that a women's cell of Islamic Jihad terrorists had been uncovered and arrested. The women were handlers of ceveral terror cells in the Jerusalem and Judea areas. They also transferred funds from Syria to be used for suicide terrorists' families and funding terror attacks.

One of the arrested women is Wadha Guanama, 34, of Jelazoun, north of Ramallah; she allegedly served as director of Islamic Jihad offices in Ramallah, and was a full partner in financing the activities of two terror cells that were responsible for several shooting attacks in the region. She also oversaw the building of an explosives lab.

Another woman who was arrested is Rania Abu-Hadir, 26, of the long-hostile village of Tzurif in Gush Etzion. She headed the Islamic Jihad Students Organization in Hebron University, and dealt with prisoners' affairs in the Islamic Jihad headquarters there.

Earlier on Monday, terrorists from the Islamic Jihad organization reported they had kidnapped four Israeli-Arab citizens suspected of cooperating with Israel.

Abu Ahmed, spokesman for the terror group, said in a phone call to the Jewish-Arabic radio station "All the Peace" that two of the captives were being interrogated by Palestinian Authority security forces for their alleged crime, while the other two were still being held by Islamic Jihad terrorists.