16-year-old attempts to detonate powerful bomb at Hawara checkpoint

A 16-year-old boy was arrested Thursday morning at the Hawara checkpoint after attempting to detonate powerful bombs. The boy arrived at the "humanitarian lane" of the checkpoint, approached soldiers and hurled his bag towards them. A Civil Administration officer, in charge of assisting people in passing the checkpoint, managed to subdue the youth before he could detonate the bombs. Sappers were called to the scene and discovered four bombs inside the bag, each composed of a pipe, a fire extinguisher and shrapnel. Instructions on how to detonate the bombs were also found in the boy's possession. In his initial questioning by security forces, the youth said he planned to attack soldiers and civilians.