Border Police Drill 311.
(photo credit:Israel Police)
IDF soldiers confiscated close to a dozen pipe bombs at the Salem crossing near
Jenin on Sunday, thwarting what might have been a major terrorist attack,
probably against a nearby military court.
Four Palestinians were arrested
at the crossing and were found to be in possession of 11 pipe bombs, a homemade
pistol and a commando knife. They were transferred to the Shin Bet (Israel
Security Agency) for interrogation.
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The four were last in line to enter
the Samaria Military Court when one of the soldiers stationed at the crossing,
from the Military Police, spotted wires protruding from under his
The soldiers shut down the crossing and ordered the Palestinian
to undress and discovered three pipe bombs.
Another eight were discovered
in his bag together with a homemade pistol, several bullets and a commando
“I don’t remember such a large cache of bombs caught on one
person,” Lt.-Col. Erez, commander of the Haruv Battalion, said. The bombs were
then destroyed by Border Police sappers.
Three other Palestinians who
were in line with the man carrying the weapons were also detained. The IDF
suspects the attack was planned against the Samaria Military Court, since the
line the Palestinians were standing in only goes into the court and back
The thwarted attack comes a week after the IDF captured a number of
weapons in a home in Kafr Salem, near Nablus, including an M-16 and an Uzi and
after the Shin Bet recorded an increase in the number of attacks in December in
the West Bank.
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