Israel is holding two Palestinian mothers suspected of planning to carry out a twin suicide bombing. The Shin Bet announced Wednesday it arrested a pregnant Palestinian mother of eight and her niece, herself a mother of four, after they tried to cross into Israel from the Gaza Strip on May 20. The women, who were detained on an intelligence tip-off, told Shin Bet interrogators that they had been recruited by Islamic Jihad to blow themselves up in Israel. They had received entry permits on humanitarian grounds, citing a bogus medical complaint that required advanced hospital care, and were to have traveled to the West Bank to be outfitted with bomb belts. Islamic Jihad had no immediate comment.
Palestinian mothers in bomb plot