An IDF force operating in the West Bank on Monday morning uncovered an explosive device weighing 40 kilograms (88 pounds), which was hidden inside the corpse of a sheep.
The soldiers were led to the device by a Palestinian terrorist who was arrested and questioned by the defense establishment.
According to intelligence information, military sources believe that the device, which was found on a road near the settlement of Elon Moreh, was slated to be used in a terror attack in one of the settlements in the area – Elon Moreh, Kedumim, Itamar or Bracha.
On Sunday night, an IDF officer was lightly injured in an operation in the Nablus area after Palestinian gunmen opened fire at the force.
Eight wanted Palestinian terror suspects were arrested across the West Bank on Sunday night. Three were detained in Nablus and the other five were arrested near Ramallah and in Hebron.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are expected to meet in Jericho on Monday afternoon in a bid to advance negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.