Israeli forces thwart Palestinian pipe bomb attack at IDF court in West Bank

ByARIEL WHITMAN
May 10, 2017 13:40

Initial investigations revealed that he planned to enter the courthouse complex and detonate the explosive devices, targeting security forces inside.




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Pipe bomb found near a checkpoint to the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, October 16, 2015. (photo credit:POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

A potential security crisis was averted Wednesday morning after Israeli forces caught a Palestinian carrying a pipe bomb outside of a military court in the West Bank near the Palestinian village of Salem.

According to border police, the suspect, a minor from Jenin, attempted to enter the complex via a military checkpoint. When asked by security officials to show identification, the suspect said he did not have any, prompting a search of his person. During the search, soldiers found two pipe bombs in the suspect's possession.

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Initial investigations revealed that he planned to enter the courthouse complex and detonate the explosive devices, targeting security forces inside.

The suspect was taken by security forces for further investigation.

Bomb disposal technicians were called in to neutralize the devices. 

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