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Israeli Security Officials Warn of New Fundamentalist Terror

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Israeli security officials have warned of possible terror attacks this month.

Fundamentalist groups such as the Islamic Jihad traditionally carry out attacks during October, the officials said this week.

The prime minister’s adviser on terror, Yigal Pressler, pointed out that Oct. 26 would mark the first anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Fathi Shakaki, the Syria-based leader of Islamic Jihad who was shot five times in the head in Malta.

Islamic Jihad officials hold Israel responsible for the slaying and have vowed revenge. Israel declined last year to say whether it was behind the shooting.

Meanwhile, the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot reported Monday that Palestinian police had arrested a suicide bomber on his way to carry out a terror attack in Jerusalem.

According to the report, the youth was apprehended at a roadblock near Bethlehem last week.

The youth did not have any explosives on him, but Palestinian security sources said he was going to receive the bomb from Hamas operatives in eastern Jerusalem. He was planning to board a bus disguised as an Israeli soldier and then set off the bomb, the sources said.

During questioning, the youth confessed to his plans to carry out an attack, according to the newspaper.

Israeli security officials refused to comment on the report.

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