Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency, announced Wednesday the arrest of a Palestinian man trained in Syria to carry out terror attacks in Israel.
The suspect, 23-year-old Malek Nizar Yousef Qazmar, had been acting on behalf of Hamas, according to Times of Israel, joining the terror group in August 2015.
A native of the West Bank, Qazmar had spent years living in Turkish Cyprus before being sent to a Syrian military training camp in January 2016.
In a statement, Shin Bet said that in Syria, Qazmar underwent “various shooting exercises and theoretical training in crafting improvised explosive devices and explosive material.”
The agency added that Qazmar had met with Hamas operatives in Istanbul earlier in 2017, and was instructed to help recruit more operatives into the terror group.
Shin Bet said that under interrogation, Qazmar, who was indicted on March 30 for security offenses, handed investigators a memory card containing “extensive military instructions and information meant to help him carry out his mission.”
According to JNS, Qazmar was apprehended in a joint operation by the IDF and Shin Bet before being able to carry out the Hamas plans.