Three Palestinians bearing pipe bombs were caught by the military police outside an army courthouse in the northern West Bank on Wednesday morning, according to a police spokeswoman. The Border Police cordoned off the entrance to the court and summoned the bomb squad to disarm and dispose the bombs. As of writing, the entrance to the court was still closed.
Only on Tuesday, a young Palestinian man was arrested at the very same site for the very same offense – concealing a pipe bomb in his clothing. Again the bomb squad was called in and disarmed the impromptu explosive device. It had contained explosive, as well as fragments from knives to intensify injuries, the squad confirmed.
In fact the Wednesday incident was the third time Palestinians have been arrested at that same court with pipe bombs on their persons. On February 7, a resident of Jenin, 15, was stopped at the entrance after the metal detector went off. The bomb was only discovered during a strip search.
The Border Police state that the three were halted Wednesday after a policeman observed that one was holding a bomb in his hands. The commander at the post leveled his rifle at the suspects. Other policemen stripped them down and called for reinforcements. A second bomb was discovered in a bag that one of the suspects was holding and two more were found on his person.