Israeli army thwarts terror attack

Monday, March 19, 2007 |  by Staff Writer  

The Israeli army uncovered an explosive device on Sunday at a Palestinian checkpoint near the Samarian town of Nablus.

The device, which was found in the bag of a Palestinian man, weighed 7 kilograms (15.5 pounds). Other explosives were found by in the bag of another Palestinian. The Palestinians aroused suspicion among the security officers who were stopped for questioning. Border Guard Sappers detonated the explosives and the two men were taken into custody.

Since the beginning of the year security forces have uncovered 16 devices and two explosive belts in the Nablus area.

Terror organizations from the Gaza Strip have attempted to carry out attacks. On Thursday, 10 Egyptians and a potential Palestinian bomber were arrested in Northern Sinai.

Meanwhile, Palestinians fired five Kassam rockets into Israel on Sunday. One of the rockets landed in Ashkelon’s industrial zone. No injuries were reported. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

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