2 terrorists nabbed near Tapuach Junction (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Omri Efraim Published: 04.21.12, 16:54)
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Two Palestinian teens arrested by Border Guard officers found in
possession of five pipe bombs; explosives defused safely
A terror attack was thwarted Saturday following the arrest of two
Palestinian teens by Border Guard and police officers, near the
Tapuach Junction in the West Bank.
The two, both 17, took a taxi to the junction and upon arrival began
walking towards the checkpoint.
Their behavior aroused the suspicion of Border Guard and police
officers stationed at the checkpoint, who called on them to stop for
a routine search. The teens attempted to flee and the officers
initiated suspect-arrest protocol, eventually apprehending them.
A search of their belongings discovered five pipe bombs, a gun and
The two, who are residents of the Balata refugee camp in Nablus, were
handed over to security forces for further interrogation.
Border Guard sappers were called to the scene and safely defused the
The defense establishment said that terror groups are pursuing
various ways to execute attacks against Israeli targets, despite the
relative calm following the last round of escalation vis-ŗ-vis the
Gaza terror groups.
Local Border Guard force Chief Superintendent Avi Biton told Ynet
that, "shortly prior to the suspect´s arrival at the checkpoint, the
officers heard a small blast.
"Two of our officers then saw the two, who were acting visibly
nervous as they approached the checkpoint. The soldiers ran up to
them, and at first they tried to resist arrest, but we were able to
get them under control."
Biton said that sappers were called to the scene immediately upon the
explosives´ discovery, adding that "The initial explosion was
probably meant to take out the checkpoint itself.
"The officers´ vigilance undoubtedly prevented a terror attack. Those
bombs could have caused sever damage, especially as the local bus
stops are packed on Saturday night," he said. (Copyright 2012 ©
Yedioth Internet 04/21/12)
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