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Six 'Jewish Terror Cell' Members Arrested in Israel

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FILE - Israeli police officers work at the scene of a bus explosion in Jerusalem, April 18, 2016. One of the 21 people injured in the blast died Wednesday.

FILE - Israeli police officers work at the scene of a bus explosion in Jerusalem, April 18, 2016. One of the 21 people injured in the blast died Wednesday.

Israeli police announced Wednesday the arrests of six members of what they called a "Jewish terror cell" allegedly responsible for attacking Palestinians.

The suspects are settlers from the West Bank. Shin Bet security agents said they included two minors and an Israeli soldier.

Their alleged crimes included throwing firebombs and tear gas canisters into Palestinian homes and attacking Palestinian drivers and a farmer.

No serious injuries were reported from these crimes.

Shin Bet said the cell was inspired by last year's firebombing of a Palestinian home by Israeli settlers, burning three people to death, including a baby.

Also Wednesday, a passenger injured in this week's bus bombing in Jerusalem died.

The Gaza-based terrorist group Hamas claimed the passenger was a member of the group, and it called him a martyr. But Israeli officials have not yet identified the passenger.

The blast wounded 20 others.

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