The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and IDF arrested two Palestinians on suspicion of carrying out the firebombing of an Israeli vehicle on Thursday, which critically wounded an 11-year-old girl and lightly injured her father.
The two suspects from the Samarian village of Azun near Nablus, were arrested with several others just hours after the incident.
During questioning, both confessed to carrying out the attack, the Shin Bet said. One of the attackers is a 16-year-old minor, it added.
According to their statements, the two, armed with incendiary bombs, walked along a road leading from Ma’aleh Shomron to Matan, with the intention of firebombing Israeli vehicles.
They waited on the side of the road, lit and threw a fire bomb after seeing Israeli vehicles pass by. One car caught fire, and the suspects fled back to Azun, the Shin Bet said.
Both father and daughter managed to escape the burning vehicle, but the girl suffered extensive burns. They were evacuated to the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer.
The incident occurred east of Kalkilya in the West Bank, and the IDF launched a widescale search in the area for the attackers.
Lahav Harkov and Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report