Two terrorists in their twenties were prevented from conducting a terror attack on Thursday at Tapuach Junction in Samaria, located just east of Ariel.
Upon arriving the two raised the suspicions of IDF Border Patrol officers stationed at the scene.
Upon investigating the two they were found to be in possession of three explosives, an improvised pistol and several knives. The would-be terrorists were arrested and brought in for continued investigation by the Shabak (Israel Security Agency).
Police area gearing up for additional attacks this weekend, given that Saturday marks both the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur and the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, celebrating Abraham's "sacrifice of Ishmael" in an appropriation of the original Torah story in which Abraham is commanded to sacrifice his son Isaac.
As part of the preparations, police will impose a curfew on Judea and Samaria starting Thursday night at midnight until next Sunday.
Security forces will be deployed through the cities and towns in the region, with an emphasis on securing the communities with a mixed Jewish and Arab population, and securing synagogues.
Tapuach Junction has been a prime target for Arab terrorists in the past.
A Fatah terrorist was killed after opening fire on IDF soldiers at the site in July and lightly wounding one; a month earlier in May a terrorist was stopped before detonating his suicide bomb belt at the junction; just a month before that a stabbing attack was thwarted by the IDF.
Not all attacks at Tapuach Junction have been prevented unfortunately. Last year children's actor Evyatar Borovsky hy''d was stabbed to death by an Arab terrorist while waiting at the junction.