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Israel Foils Alleged Poison Plot

September 10, 2002|Associated Press

JERUSALEM — At least two Arabs from East Jerusalem have been arrested on suspicion of plotting to poison diners at a restaurant where one of the suspects worked in the kitchen, authorities said Monday.

According to police, 23-year-old Soufian Abdu contacted the Palestinian militant group Hamas through the Internet. On Hamas' instructions, Abdu obtained heart drugs that are fatal in an overdose, the indictment said.

A second suspect, 22-year-old Othman Kianiya, was a cook at Cafe Rimon, a well-known restaurant in downtown Jerusalem. He was to dissolve the tablets in drinks served in jugs, authorities said. Kianiya was being held pending indictment.

Along with a third suspect, 22-year-old Mussa Nasser, they were also accused of plotting a suicide bombing.

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