The Israeli Security Services, otherwise known as the Shin Bet, released for publication on Sunday afternoon that five suspects accused of carrying out a bomb attack in Hizma on Remembrance Day on May 10 were arrested and interrogated. The attack left an IDF officer seriously wounded.
The attack left an IDF officer seriously wounded when an explosive device was detonated near the Palestinian town of Hizma, near Jerusalem's Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood.
During the Shin Bet investigation it emerged that the primary attacker, Samar Mahmoud Dawd Halbiya (36), a dentist from Abu Dis, prepared other explosive devices and intended to carry out more attacks in the Ma’ale Adumim area. Samar's brother and father were also arrested.
Halbiya initiated the bomb plot in February 2016 because of what he called “the desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque and Israeli attacks on Palestinian children.”
He produced more bombs which could be activated by cell phones and stored them at his dental clinic in Aqab village. During the security forces' search, 56 similar explosives were found, two Molotov Cocktails and a large pipe bomb.