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Jordan refuses to extradite terrorist who took part in 2001 attack in Israel

Thursday, March 16, 2017 1:35
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DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. March 16, 2017, 10:03 AM (IDT)

The FBI on Wednesday placed Ahlam Tamimi. a Hamas terrorist who was responsible for the deaths of 15 people, including several American citizens, at the top of its list of most wanted terrorists. The move came after the Justice Department asked Jordan for the extradition of Tamimi, who participated in the deadly 2001 attack on a Sbarro pizza restaurant in Israel. Tamimi drove the suicide bomber to the target in central Jerusalem and then fled the scene, but was later captured and sentenced to 16 consecutive life sentences. However, she was released in 2001 under a prisoner exchange deal. Tamimi then moved to Jordan where she has been living ever since. The Jordanian justice Ministry has rejected the extradition request.

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