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ISRAEL

Shin Bet disrupts Hamas terrorist cell

JERUSALEM — Israel’s domestic intelligence service has arrested dozens of Hamas members in the West Bank who had been setting up a secret cell for the Islamic terrorist group, according to a statement Monday.

The Shin Bet said that 30 Hamas members were arrested near Ramallah, the West Bank’s administrative center.

It said they were setting up a Hamas network in the West Bank and were relaying information to the overseas leaders of the group, which is sworn to Israel’s destruction. They also were setting up Hamas cells in West Bank schools, the statement said.

CYPRUS

Three held in plot to kill attorney general

NICOSIA — Three men, including a “paranoid” convicted felon, plotted to assassinate the country’s attorney general using an anti-tank weapon, a police investigator told a court Monday.

The court granted a police request to keep the three suspects in police custody for eight days until investigators build their case against them.

The suspected ringleader is Andreas Ounoufriou, 61, who was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the 1996 attempted murder of a judge.

The three men face charges of conspiracy to commit murder and possession of military-grade explosives, a missile launcher and other weapons.

Police investigator Ioannis Georgadjis told a Nicosia District Court that Ounoufriou masterminded the plot to kill Attorney General Petros Clerides from behind bars.

Ounoufriou allegedly recruited the other two men, aged 39 and 52, to help him carry out his plan.

From wire dispatches and staff reports