A Palestinian teen detained by an IDF force at a checkpoint near Nablus Sunday was found to be carrying three pipe bombs meant to be used in a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.
The bombs were seized and detonated by army sappers.
An IDF investigation revealed that the youth was ordered to transfer the explosives from one side of the checkpoint to the other and hand them over to the would-be suicide bomber. The man was supposed to assemble an explosive belt using the pipe bombs and other materials, and travel to Tel Aviv to carry out the attack within the next 24 hours.
IDF officials told Ynet that terror organizations in Nablus, including Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front and Fatah were making intensive efforts to launch attacks into Israel.
In recent days, the army has intensified its operations in Nablus and its surroundings in a bid to torpedo these efforts, seize arms and explosive caches and arrest wanted suspects.