The youth arrived from the direction of Nablus on Saturday, and roused the suspicion of the soldiers. They asked him to lower his bag and step back, and a search of the bag revealed the pipe bomb.
During the search a number of Palestinians at the checkpoint advanced towards the soldiers, and warning shots were fired into the air as a response. The checkpoint was closed following the incident.
The sources said the military operation was aimed at apprehending a wanted man from al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad's military wing. The sources said the incident ended without arrest.