Border Police officers averted a major terror attack in the West Bank
on Saturday after stopping two Palestinian men acting suspiciously,
and discovering powerful explosives in their possession, as well as
knives and a gun.
The incident occurred near Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank,
near a hitchhikers post used by many Israelis on Saturday night.
Security forces suspect that the post was the intended target of the
"Our fighters noticed two men in their 20s acting strangely," a
Border Police spokesman said. "They looked under pressure in the
presence of security personnel," he added.
The suspicious conduct by the Palestinians prompted Border Police to
initiate a search of them and their bags. The officers uncovered a
small arsenal of powerful explosives.
Four pipe bombs, two knives, and a home-made gun were seized in the
A Judea and Samaria Traffic Police patrol car then joined the scene,
and placed the suspects under arrest.
During initial questioning, each suspect blamed the other. Both men
are from the Balata region of Nablus. The suspects were taken away
for questioning, and are refusing to cooperate.