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Israel busts east Jerusalem 'Al-Qaeda' cell: PM's office

Published on Jan 22, 2014 11:15 PM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel has arrested an Al-Qaeda-run militant cell in annexed east Jerusalem which was planning to bomb the US embassy, a spokesman for the prime minister's office said on Wednesday.

"(The) Shabak arrested a terror cell from east Jerusalem that was operated by Al-Qaeda and planned, amongst other attacks, to bomb the US embassy," Mr Ofir Gendelman wrote on Twitter, using the Hebrew term for the Shin Bet internal security services.

In a joint operation, the Shin Bet and Jerusalem police uncovered "a global jihad group from east Jerusalem which was operated from the Gaza Strip with the aim of carrying out major terror attacks in Israel," a statement said.

It said the attacks the group were plotting included bombing the United States embassy in Tel Aviv, a double suicide bombing at Jerusalem's International Convention Centre, a kidnapping of soldiers from the city's central bus station and a bombing of a block of flats.

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