January 30, 2002: Suicide attack targets security services in Israel

On January 30, 2002 two members of the Israeli security service were wounded in an attack by a suicide bomber near the West Bank.

TAIBEH, ISRAEL – Those who work in intelligence and law enforcement have a tough enough job without having to deal with suicide terrorists.

There are jobs out there that are inherently dangerous. Think of fire fighters and law enforcement personnel. They run TOWARDS bad situations that put their safety at risk where the rest of us can run AWAY from it. Think of the first responders on 9/11 who died trying to save people during that terrorist attack.

They do things that none of us need to do (Photo: Can Pac Swire on flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

You can put intelligence agents in this category as well. No, everyday at the ‘office’ is not chock full of threats but the very nature of the business – investigating menaces to national security – means that from time to time officers are exposed to lethal action.

On this day in 2002

Two members of the Israeli security service (Shin Bet) were slightly wounded in an attack by a suicide bomber in the central town of Taibeh, near the West Bank. The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was a joint operation by both groups.

The Shin Bet, the IDF, and the Israel Police will continue to use all means at their disposal to expose and prosecute those involved in terror activities against the State of Israel and its citizens.”

Official Israeli statement

In all honesty I cannot say I ever felt threatened to that extent in my three decades in intelligence. Others have not been as fortunate.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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