By ETGAR LEFKOVITSPublished: DECEMBER 10, 2005 11:29Advertisement
A 20-year-old Palestinian man carrying two improvised explosive devices and a toy gun was caught at checkpoint south of Jerusalem on Saturday, police said.
The Palestinian, a resident of the West Bank village of Ovadia near Bethlehem, who was arrested at the southern entrance to the capital told police investigators that he was planning to carry out a terror attack in Jerusalem in revenge for being injured in his ankle by IDF gunfire two years ago, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said.
The would-be bomber, who had a valid work permit to be in Jerusalem, said that he acted on his own out of his "hatred for Jews," the police said.
Police sappers safely detonated the bombs.
The incident came just two days after an Israeli soldier was stabbed to death by a Palestinian attacker at a checkpoint just north of Jerusalem.