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Israel foils five suicide attacks this year: Netanyahu

Israeli security agencies were able to Thwart five suicide attacks over the last six months

AFP , Tuesday 11 Jun 2013
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israel has foiled five suicide bombings since the start of the year.

Shin Bet, the domestic security service, and the army had prevented the attacks and 30 attempted kidnappings of soldiers, public radio quoted Netanyahu as telling visiting Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

"We are happy to share our experience in the fight against terrorism with Colombia," the Israeli leader was quoted as telling Santos.

The report did not elaborate on the origin of the attackers or their targets.

On Monday, Santos met Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, with the two men signing a free trade agreement as well as deals on aviation and technological innovation.

He held talks on Tuesday with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in the occupied West Bank focussing on the peace process and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, Abbas told the Wafa news agency.

Colombia was one of a minority of states to abstain in a vote on upgrading the Palestinians' status at the United Nations in November, which passed with overwhelming international support.

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