Six pipe bombs discovered in Samaria

Security officers find four pipe bombs in a car at the Trans-Samaria Crossing. Driver taken in for questioning.

Ido Ben-Porat , | updated: 1:43 AM

United Hatzalah

Security guards at the Trans-Samaria Crossing identified on Sunday night four pipe bombs in the car of an Arab with Israeli citizenship who was on his way back from Judea and Samaria.

The vehicle was inspected and a police sapper was called to the scene to neutralize the bombs. Highway 5 was temporarily blocked to traffic in both directions until the pipe bombs were safely neutralized.

The driver, a resident of the Bedouin city of Rahat in the Negev, was arrested and taken for questioning.

Earlier on Sunday, a police force arrested a Palestinian taxi at the Tapuah intersection after discovering parts of M16 type weapons in the cab. The driver was taken in for questioning.

Also on Sunday, a stabbing attack was foiled at the Huwara checkpoint, south of Shechem (Nablus) in Samaria.

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the man as Rami Awartani, 31 years old, and a resident of Shechem.

Awartani arrived at the checkpoint by car, from the direction of Shechem. He stopped the vehicle there, and ran toward soldiers with a knife. The soldiers shot him, resulting in his death.