Israel Police Capture Leader of Undergound Terrorist Group
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Israel Police Capture Leader of Undergound Terrorist Group

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Shimon Bachar, young leader of an underground terrorist organization broken up by the Israeli police earlier this year, was today captured in Tel Aviv central bus station. Bachar, who was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment in absentia, broke jail and fled several days before his trial–by a military tribunal at Sarafand–ended.

He was trailed to Tel Aviv by detectives and was surrounded in the bus station by a unit of policemen disguised as porters and station attendants. He offered no resistance. His only attempt at disguise was that he had grown a long beard since his escape from prison.

Bachar was given the longest sentence of any of the 13 youths convicted of membership in the organization and accused of a number of terrorist acts including attacks on the Soviet and Czech legations in Tel Aviv.

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