Two Palestinian youths carrying explosives arrested at Jenin roadblock (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Haaretz Service and The Associated Press 04/27/05)
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Israel Defense Forces soldiers arrested two Palestinian teenagers at
the Jalameh roadblock in the West Bank city of Jenin on Wednesday
morning, after they were found to be in possession of explosives and
weapons, Israel Radio reported.
According to the report, the two - aged 15 and 16 years - told
interrogators that they had been acting as couriers for terrorists.
The radio said that the two have apparently entered northern Israel
from the Jenin area on several previous occasions, each time carrying
One of the teens, Hammam Daraghmeh, said he was a member of the
Islamic Jihad militant group and is ready to die. "I wanted to
destroy Israel," he said.
His partner, Mohammed Nasser Daraghmeh, said he had been recruited by
another militant group, the Fatah-linked Al-Aqsa Martyrs´ Brigades,
and asked to carry a bag with a bomb to the checkpoint. The teens
said they are distant relatives.
In recent years, militant groups have increasingly turned to
teenagers and women to help carry out attacks, believing that they
are less likely to draw attention from IDF troops.
The youths´ repeated crossings at the roadblock raised the suspicions
of the soldiers stationed there, and on Wednesday troops stopped the
two for a routine check, during which they discovered the explosives.
The troops then called in Border Police sappers and their sniffer
dogs to confirm the presence of explosives, which the sappers
subsequently detonated. The two were in possession of 12 pipe bombs
and two makeshift guns, the radio said. (© Copyright 2005 Haaretz.
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