An Arab terrorist was caught Tuesday night attempting to infiltrate the town of Ginot Shomron in central Samaria. The Arab was caught at about 6:20 PM Tuesday evening, after several people reported seeing a suspicious looking character hanging around outside the town's security fence, the Tazpit news service said.
According to the report, IDF troops arrived soon after the incident was reported and arrested the Arab. He was found to have been carrying a knife and a slingshot.
Security officials believe that the Arab had planned to infiltrate the town and carry out a terrorist attack. Officials also believe that he planned to attack hikers in the Kana Nature Reserve, adjacent to the town. Security officials are questioning the suspect in order to determine what, if any, terrorist group he belongs to.
Ginot Shomron, a neighborhood in the town of Karnei Shomron, is located adjacent to the Arab town of Azzun, along Road 55, twenty minutes from Kfar Saba. Drivers on Road 55 are subject to constant rock throwing attacks by Arabs from Azzun. During the second intifada, three youths from Karnei Shomron were killed in February 2002 when terrorists attacked a shopping center in the town.