JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli security forces arrested three Palestinians belonging to a terror cell linked to the Islamic State in Hebron.
The cell members were arrested in November by the Shin Bet, the security service said in a statement released to the Israeli media for publication on Sunday.
It was the first known Palestinian cell discovered to be linked to the Islamic State, the jihadist group also known as ISIS or ISIL.
The cell planned to kidnap and kill Israeli soldiers and civilians in the West Bank. It failed in an attempt to detonate a bomb against Israeli soldiers.
The arrested men, all in their 20s, admitted to the plots during interrogation.