Relatives of Nathanya Bomb Suspect Arrested

Security forces yesterday arrested the father and brother of Emile Joumaa, a 25-year-old terrorist who was badly burned last week while assembling a bomb in the public lavatory at the Nathanya bus terminal. The arrests were made after a search of the Joumaa home in Tulkarem yielded explosives and detonating devices. Police announced at the same time the release of 39 suspects detained at Nathanya after the incident.

Joumaa, who recently served six months of a two-year prison sentence for El Fatah activities, was rushed to a hospital July 4 after he ran from the bus terminal with his clothes aflame. He was identified as a terrorist from papers found on him which included instructions on how to make a bomb. Police said he was planning to plant a bomb somewhere in the bus terminal when the powder caught fire igniting his clothes. Damage to the lavatory was minor.

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