Security forces discovered on Wednesday that a terrorist who entered Israel from Lebanon put the roadside bomb that left a motorist in northern Israel seriously injured earlier this week.
Authorities claim that the murderer was shot and killed by Israeli forces as he tried to leave for Lebanon.
But it has not yet done so, the Israel Defense Forces has not ruled out Hezbollah as the organization that sent the terrorist.
Shareef ad-Din, a 21-year-old Israeli Arab from Salem, was hurt when the explosive device exploded on Monday at about 6 a.m.
At 18 miles southeast of Haifa, close to the Megiddo Junction, the bomb was hidden behind a barrier by the side of the road.
The distance from the Megiddo Junction to the Lebanese border is 37 miles; however, driving by road would add another 12.5 miles.
The occurrence is the subject of an urgent investigation conducted by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet).
According to the IDF, the initial investigation revealed that the explosive device had a configuration that was unusual for the region and not frequently seen in Judea and Samaria.
Following the explosion, the Army, Shin Bet, and Israel Police launched a combined manhunt to apprehend the terrorist, which included setting up roadblocks in northern Israel.
A man driving a car with a suicide vest and a gun was detained at a checkpoint close to the village of Ya’ara. Israeli police and soldiers shot and killed him.
One theory is that the terrorist was transported from the border region to Megiddo; a man suspected of serving as his driver is currently in custody.
Security officials said the terrorist likely intended to commit another attack before attempting to travel back to Lebanon.
According to the Military, life in northern Israel is as usual.
The political establishment and the defense establishment regularly analyze the current situation.
The IDF stated it was “assumed that this man crossed the border from Lebanon, carried out the attack, and tried to get back [to Lebanon].”
It is unclear if the suicide bomb was meant to be a bomb or a suicide vest in actuality.
On Tuesday, the Israeli Defense Ministry disclosed that many high-level situational analyses had been conducted during the previous 36 hours about unidentified “security incidents.”
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi and Shin Bet director Ronen Bar were present at the sessions, and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant reportedly ordered them to “maintain efforts to protect the everyday routine of Israeli civilians.”
Before he departed for a diplomatic visit to Germany, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was briefed on the security developments by Gallant on Wednesday.
Shortly after, Netanyahu’s administration announced that the prime would return from Berlin on Thursday night rather than Friday morning as initially planned.
#BREAKING Israel army says an IED attack on Monday in north of Israel was carried out by an armed terrorist who crossed the border from Lebanon. He was later killed by security forces, who found more weapons on him. Unclear if Hezbollah was involved and how he crossed the border pic.twitter.com/D7llOaBIXd
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