By YAAKOV LAPPIN, JPOST.COM STAFF
Police on Sunday afternoon arrested a Palestinian construction worker who entered Israel illegally after receiving intelligence that he planned to carry out a suicide bombing.
According to police, the man had spoken of his desire to detonate explosives strapped around his body within Israel.
Ashkelon police forces, led by station chief Cmdr. Haim Blumenfeld, launched a large scale search for the 27-year-old suspect, backed by a police helicopter. The suspect was apprehended as he hid in a construction site.
A police bomb squad searched the area but found no traces of explosives. The suspect was arrested and taken for questioning.
Later on Sunday, IDF soldiers arrested two Palestinian men at the Beit Furik checkpoint near Nablus after discovering an improvised explosive device and a stun grenade on their persons.
Army sappers detonated the explosives and the grenade in a controlled explosion. No one was hurt in the incident.
The detainees were transferred to security forces for interrogation.
In related news, a Molotov cocktail was hurled at an Israeli car near the Yakir Junction in Samaria on Sunday evening. No one was hurt in the incident.
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