Arab man arrested after boarding bus with knife, kippa in pocket

This incident is one of several attacks thwarted by vigilant citizens this past week.

October 25, 2015 12:42
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A knife found on the person of a Palestinian by Border Police. (photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)

An Arab man was arrested and removed from a bus traveling on Route 90 near Kibbutz Gesher in the Beit She'an valley on Sunday, following complaints about a suspicious individual who expressed his intention to become a martyr.

The bus was located at the entrance to the city of Tiberias, and police officers quickly boarded and removed the suspect from the scene.

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The suspect was detained and searched by police forces, who found a knife and kippa on his person.

The incident was determined to be criminal instead of terror related, and the suspect was released after investigation.

This incident is one of several attacks thwarted by vigilant citizens this past week.

On Saturday, a Palestinian attempted to stab an Israeli security guard at a West Bank crossing and was shot dead by security personnel at the scene, Northern District police said.

According to Northern District police, a Palestinian approached the Gilboa (Jalame) crossing north of Jenin armed with a knife and attempted to stab a security guard posted at the crossing. Police said he was then shot dead by other security guards.

On Friday, police stopped a terror attack in Jerusalem's Nof Zion neighborhood after receiving reports of a suspicious man eyeing Jewish houses in the area.

Border Police Officers arrived to the scene and started questioning the man, a 21-year-old resident of the city's Jebl Mukaber neighborhood and noticed that his right hand was hidden behind a fence.

They maintained their distance as the suspect showed the officers his right arm. His hand was in a fist, as if he was holding something.

Police asked the suspect to open his hand in order to see if he was holding a weapon, but he refused and requested for the officers to allow him to return to his home neighborhood.

Finally, one of the officers managed to apprehend the suspect, grabbed his arm and found a knife hidden in the suspect's sleeve.

Ben Hartman contributed to this report.

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