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Israel arrests 6 over suspected school attack plan

02 Oct 2022, 22:55 GMT+10

JERUSALEM, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency said on Sunday that six Arab citizens of Israel were arrested on suspicion of planning to carry out an attack in a high school on behalf of the Islamic State (IS).

The suspects, all residents of Nazareth, a mostly Arab city in northern Israel, formed a cell supporting the IS, according to a statement published by the Shin Bet and the police.

The six planned to attack the high school in their city because its curriculum includes sex education, said the statement, adding they are suspected of planning several more attacks.

They were indicted in court for conspiracy to "commit terrorism, preparation for an act of terrorism, conspiracy to trade in weapons and membership in a terrorist organization," according to the statement.

Fathi Fukara, the lawyer of one of the suspects, told the Hebrew-language Ynet news site that his client denies any connection to the IS.

"He is a normative young man without any criminal record who works in various occasional jobs. He denies having planned to carry out terrorist attacks throughout the north," Fukara said.

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