Border Guard police officers thwarted a terror attack Sunday morning at a checkpoint near Beitar Illit. An officer entered the suspicious vehicle to turn off the engine, after it was pulled over, at which point the suspect started driving. Another officer cocked his rifle at the driver, who stopped, and was taken into investigation.
A large explosive device was attached to the gas cylinders in the suspect's car.
The vehicle was arriving from Beitar Illit towards Tzur Hadassah; officers believed the car to be suspicious. The officers stopped him at the checkpoint and asked to search the vehicle.
During the search the suspect began resisting and clashing with the officers. He was eventually taken into arrest. The police noted that it appeared the vehicle contained a number of gas cylinders. The bomb squad unit is examining the vehicle; Israel Police said it would take a long time to finish the examination.
Two firefighter squads and a tanker were deployed to secure the checkpoint. Israel Police's transportation department called on drivers to avoid route 375, after it was closed off to traffic.