IDF says it foiled terror plot near Egypt involving 2 bombs (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV LAPPIN 02/27/12)
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The IDF intercepted a large bomb that was being moved from Egypt to
Israel last week, it announced Monday. The explosive is the second
seized by security forces in the in the area in recent days.
"A regular patrol aimed at preventing smuggling efforts... identified
the smugglers," the IDF Spokesman´s Unit said. Suspects managed to
evade capture and returned to Egyptian territory.
Soldiers dispatched an army bomb disposal unit to the scene, which
detonated the device from a distance.
"The Israel-Egypt border has recently turned into an area that is
filled with activities of terrorist elements from the Gaza Strip and
Sinai," IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai said in recent days.
He said increased ground patrols have been introduced to thwart
terrorism plots aimed at striking Israeli civilian population
Last week, the IDF and Israel Police intercepted a powerful terrorist
bomb on the Israeli-Egyptian border, and said the device could have
been used to carry out a mass-casualty attack against a southern
The device was found on the Israeli side of the border near the
Philadelphi Corridor by security forces who were carrying out anti-
smuggling operations at night.
A man who was spotted carrying a bag threw down the item and fled
back into Egypt, escaping capture.
"These incidents prove that smuggling routes... are exploited all the
time by terrorist groups in order to carry out attacks on Israeli
civilians and IDF forces," the army added. "The alertness of soldiers
and their successful acts prevented a terrorist attack," it said. (©
1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 02/27/12)
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