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Palestinians, Arab Israeli arrested for Tel Aviv bus bombing

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(JTA) — Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security agency arrested several Palestinians and an Arab Israeli for allegedly blowing up a bus in Tel Aviv.

The Shin Bet revealed that its agents had arrested the suspects, including an Arab Israeli, for the attack last week on a bus, Israeli media reported. The security service did not say how many suspects were arrested.

The Arab-Israeli suspect, a resident of Taibeh near Kfar Saba, placed the explosive device on the bus and notified his commander by phone, who set it off, the Shin Bet said.

Of the 28 Israelis wounded in the bombing, five remained hospitalized on Thursday, one in serious condition.

The Israeli suspect was born in the West Bank and acquired Israeli citizenship through the family unification process, which naturalizes Palestinians married to Israelis, according to the news site Ynet.

The bomb reportedly was built in the West Bank and transported to Israel in a car belonging to the employer of the Arab Israeli suspect without the employer’s knowledge. 

In preliminary interrogations, the cell’s members said they were connected to Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

The Shin Bet said the interrogation was ongoing and that further arrests were expected.

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