A Palestinian civil engineering student was revealed to be the terrorist arrested for plotting a large-scale attack two weeks ago on Jerusalem’s light rail in revenge for Jews visiting the Temple Mount, Israeli police said on Tuesday.
Ali Abu Hassan, 21, was a student at the Polytechnic University from the Palestinian village of Beit Ula in the Hebron region.
Prosecutors said in statement that prior to taking three pipe bombs and other weapons in a bag to Jerusalem’s Jaffa Center light rail stop to detonate during rush hour, Abu Hassan had left a will at the university, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
Abu Hassan not only built his own pipe bombs with shrapnel doused in rat poison, but he even tested out explosives in open areas in the Hebron region, Israeli police said.
A security guard noticed Abu Hassan and asked him to open his bag for inspection. Abu Hassan was restrained when he ignored the request. Then another guard found the bombs in his bag and he was arrested.
Abu Hassan will be indicted for attempted murder.