Israel Arrests Palestinian Carrying Pipe Bombs at West Bank Military Court

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A Palestinian was arrested Sunday morning at the entrance to the Samaria Military Court in the northern West Bank after two explosive devices were found on him, the police said.

The man was arrested by the court, which is located near the village of Salem, east of Nablus. A police sapper was rushed to the scene to deactivate the explosives, and the area was cordoned off until it is declared safe again. Police later confirmed that the man was indeed carrying explosives.

According to Border Police, the suspect entered the security post at the entrance to the court clad in a coat, and while going through a routine security checkup security forces spotted on him what appeared to be a pipe bomb. Border policemen subsequently asked that the man remove his coat, at which point they spotted what they suspected to be another device.

The explosive device found on the suspect outside court on December 17, 2018. Credit: Police Spokesperson's Unit

The suspect, a resident of a refugee camp in the West Bank Palestinian city of Jenin, was taken into investigation.

Incidents of Palestinians trying to carry out attacks in the vicinity of Samaria Military Court have happened in the past, with the most recent one taking place in May when a Palestinian teenager, also from Jenin, was arrested carrying two pipe bombs in the area. Another such incident also happened earlier in May. 

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