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Israeli authorities captured five terrorists on their way to commit a terror attack east of Jerusalem Thursday afternoon.

The five terrorists, all residents of the Hevron region in Judea, were arrested in al-Eizariya, a Palestinian Authority-controlled city just east of Jerusalem.

The arrest was carried out by members of the Yamam special police force unit of the Border Police in a joint operation with Israel Police. Shortly before the arrest, the Shin Bet internal security agency reportedly received concrete information regarding an attack planned by the terror cell.

According to security officials, the terror cell was a “ticking time-bomb”, Channel 10 reported, and the arrest of the five likely averted an imminent attack.

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