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    Israeli Security Service Arrest Militants Behind Jerusalem Bus Bomb

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    The Israeli Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) detained a group of Palestinian militants behind an attack aboard a Jerusalem bus last month, prime ministerial spokesman Ofir Gendelman said Sunday.

    TEL AVIV (Sputnik) – Hamas claimed responsibility for the bus bombing in Jerusalem that wounded 19 Israelis and the suicide bomber, who smuggled the explosive device on board on April 18.

    "The ISA arrested a Hamas terror cell from #Bethlehem who blew up a bus in Jerusalem last month. It planned to carry out more terror attacks," Gendelman tweeted.

    Five Hamas members have been arrested in a raid Shin Bet carried out with army and police support.

    Israel has long accused Hamas, a Palestinian Islamic political organization and the de facto authority in Gaza, of carrying out bomb and missile attacks in Israel and in the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

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