IDF arrests 15-year-old boy carrying five pipe bombs
Soldiers became suspicious when boy approached West Bank checkpoint dressed in winter coat on hot day.
The Israel Defense Forces on Tuesday arrested a 15-year-old Palestinian boy who was carrying five pipe bombs at a busy West Bank checkpoint, a military spokeswoman said.
The spokeswoman said the boy, who was not identified, raised the suspicions of soldiers at the Hawara checkpoint outside Nablus when he appeared in a heavy winter coat on a day that temperatures exceeded 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).
Israel Radio reported the boy attempted to ignite the bombs with a match before soldiers stopped him.
The spokeswoman said when soldiers isolated the boy and searched him, they found that he was carrying five pipe bombs.
The boy was detained for questioning, the spokeswoman said.
In April 2004, soldiers arrested a 16-year-old Palestinian boy with a suicide bomb strapped to his body at the same checkpoint.
That boy, Hussam Abdo, later said he was on a mission to kill IDF soldiers.
In a separate incident on Tuesday, IDF soldiers operating on the Egyptian border in southern Gaza near Rafah uncovered two 35-kilogram bombs. The bombs were safely detonated by Israeli sappers, the radio reported.