TEL AVIV (Jul. 30)
Israeli security officials claim to have uncovered yet another active terrorist network in Israel run by the Palestine Liberation Organization, the third since PLO chief Yasir Arafat supposedly renounced terrorism in December 1988.
The officials are reporting to the United States the results of their interrogation of six members of a terrorist ring recently apprehended in Galilee, Ma’ariv reported Monday.
The group, including two women, operated within the framework of Al Fatah, the terrorist branch of Arafat’s mainstream PLO, and was linked to a terrorist apparatus operating out of Europe, the officials claim.
They were tracked down as a result of intensive investigations by the police and Shin Bet, or General Security Service, over a 10-month period, according to the report.
Members of the ring, recruited in Germany and Yugoslavia, planned mass attacks in the Haifa area and Nahariya, the security officials said. The terrorists planted explosives at the Horev center in Haifa in November 1989, but the explosives were safely defused.
In June 1990, the gang planted explosive charges in shrubbery near a seaside promenade in Nahariya. The charge exploded but did no damage.
The same group planted explosives at the Kiryon shopping center in Haifa last January, which failed to explode.