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IDF Foils Third Terror Attack in Three Days

IDF arrests PA Arab teen with explosives, three days after foiling two terror attacks on the same night.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 5/7/2012, 2:15 AM

Tapuach junction
Tapuach junction
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A planned terror attack in Israel was thwarted on Sunday evening, for the third time in several days.

According to a report on Channel 2 News, Border Polices officers arrested a 17-year-old Palestinian Authority Arab teen at a checkpoint near the Tapuach junction in Samaria. Upon inspection, the teen was found to be in possession of three pipe bombs. The teen was arrested and taken for questioning, while the explosive devices were detonated by sappers in a controlled explosion.

The latest foiled attack comes just several days after the IDF foiled two attempted terrorist attacks in Samaria, one of which was foiled in the same Tapuach junction.

On Thursday evening, Border Police officers arrested two terrorists in their 20s at the Tapuach junction. The terrorists were found to be carrying explosives and knives.

Sappers detonated the explosives, and no one was hurt. The two suspects were transferred to security authorities for further interrogation.

Later the same night, a third terrorist armed with a knife tried to infiltrate the community of Elon Moreh in Samaria.

The terrorist was caught by IDF soldiers after he managed to penetrate the security fence and began making his way into the community.

On April 24, two terrorists were nabbed as they were trying to smuggle explosives through a checkpoint in northern Samaria.

The two Palestinian Authority residents were arrested after soldiers manning the checkpoint discovered four pipe bombs.

The bombs were destroyed by sappers in a controlled explosion, and the men were taken in for questioning.

On April 11, IDF forces stopped a would-be terrorist bomber at a checkpoint east of Shechem in northern Samaria. The terrorist was carrying improvised explosive devices, three knives, and 50 bullets.

A Border Police bomb disposal unit was called in to dismantle the explosives.