'Technical Glitch' Prevented Terror Attack

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JERUSALEM, Israel - A technical malfunction spared vacationing Israelis - traveling by bus last July from the Egyptian town of Taba to Sharm el-Sheikh - from a terror attack.

A report aired on Israel's Channel 2 Wednesday, quoting officials from the Counter-Terrorism Bureau, said a technical glitch prevented terrorists from detonating a large bomb that could have decimated the bus.

According to the report, the terror group followed the bus after learning there were Israelis on board, planning the attack near the coastal town of Nuweibe.

But the bomb failed to explode and the bus continued along its route, its passengers unaware of what could have taken place.

Israelis tend to disregard travel advisories issued by the Counter-Terrorism Bureau, especially when it comes to vacationing in the Egyptian Sinai.

The bureau bases its warnings on concrete threats issued by terror groups such as Hezbollah, based in Lebanon.

Following the assassination of the group's senior commander Imad Mughniyeh in February 2008, Hezbollah has threated to avenge his death by targeting Jews both inside Israel and abroad.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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