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Beit Iba checkpoint Photo: AFP
Beit Iba checkpoint Photo: AFP

IDF thwarts terror attack

Soldiers stationed at checkpoint west of Nablus uncover explosive device, gas canister in bag carried by Palestinian man

Efrat Weiss
Published: 03.18.07, 18:23 / Israel News

IDF soldiers on Sunday uncovered an explosive device weighing 7 kilograms (about 15.5 pounds) and a gas canister in a Palestinian's bag at the Beit Iba checkpoint, west of Nablus.


Explosives were also found in a bag carried by another Palestinian man.


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The two Palestinians aroused the soldiers' suspicions and were asked to open their bags. After the explosives were found, the two bags were detonated in a controlled manner by Border Guard sappers. The Palestinians were taken into custody by security forces.


Since the beginning of 2007, IDF forces have uncovered 16 explosive devices and two explosive belts in the Nablus area.

Suspects arrested (Photo: Reuters)


Terror organizations have also been trying to carry out attacks from the Gaza Strip. On Thursday, an Egyptian security official said that a potential Palestinian suicide bomber and 10 Egyptians were arrested in the northern Sinai Peninsula.


The Palestinian, identified as Hamid al-Nador, was detained Tuesday while wearing an explosive belt inside a beach resort in the border city of el-Arish.


An Egyptian man, identified as Ahmed Abdel Moaz Mohammed, was arrested together with the Al-Nador, who said he was plotting attacks against Israelis, according to the official.


Meanwhile, Palestinian gunmen continue to fire Qassam rockets at the city of Ashkelon and the western Negev. Five rockets were fired Sunday from the Gaza Strip in three different barrages following a relative period of calm.


One of the rockets landed in Ashkelon's southern industrial zone, near a strategic facility. The rest of the rockets landed south of Ashkelon and in open areas in the western Negev. There were no reports of injuries.


Islamic Jihad members claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.


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