Join the most important conference in the Jewish world
Explosive device found on Petah Tikva school grounds
ByJPOST.COM STAFF
May 14, 2014 08:42
Bomb squad and canine units comb school grounds after bomb discovered only hours before commencement of school-day; school staff member suspected.
Israel police.

Police car370. (photo credit:Wikimedia Commons)

An explosive device was discovered on the grounds of Brener Junior High school in Petah Tikva late Tuesday night, police reported Wednesday morning.

The device was found in possession of a school custodian while a second suspect was arrested on the scene in connection to an ongoing drug investigation in which police had been surveilling the school grounds, according to a police statement.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.



The school custodian, 31, has not been connected to criminal organizations or underworld activity by police.  Central District Police Chief Nitzav Yaacov Borotsky stated that the custodian had used his access to the school grounds to hide the explosive device but that the bomb was not intended for use against the school or its students.

Along with the two suspects and explosive device, police found drugs on the scene. Police suspected the second man at the scene was connected to the drugs and not the bomb.

Police were rushed to the premise late on Tuesday night when surveillance teams involved in the drug investigation made the decision to break cover after the bomb was discovered only ten hours before the start of classes on the following morning.

A bomb squad unit and canine units conducted extensive sweeps of the school and police have opened up an investigation into the incident. Borotsky added that a search for any other explosive material would continue until the grounds could be declared safe and classes could commence as usual.

"A real tragedy was prevented here today," Borotsky said about the potential danger that an explosive device posed in such close proximity to school children.

The bomb threat follows a similar incident in March when an explosive device was found on a Petah Tikva street corner. Police were called to the scene and subsequently located the detonator. A bomb squad neutralized the bomb after tenants in the adjacent building were evacuated.

Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • Israel
  • crime
  • petah tikva
  • police
  • Prev Article
    Tension and despondence near the end of the Holyland trial
    ehud olmert
    [Illustrative].
    Comptroller: Israel Prison Service falls far short in rehabilitation for prisoners, parolees
    Next Article
    Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Riot
    August 31, 2014
    Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night

    By DANIEL K. EISENBUD

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 4 - 18
      Beer Sheva
      7 - 18
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 5 - 13
      Jerusalem
      8 - 16
      Haifa
    • 10 - 22
      Elat
      7 - 19
      Tiberias