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Arab with Firebomb Nabbed at the Wall

A young Arab carrying a gasoline bomb in her handbag was arrested Sunday at a security checkpoint near the entrance to the Western Wall plaza.

The authorities described the suspect as young, but would not disclose her name or age.

A police spokesman said, however, that she might be arraigned before a Jerusalem magistrate Tuesday.

According to the police, a soldier at the checkpoint spotted a Palestinian flag in the handbag and summoned border police officers, who emptied its contents.

They found a plastic bottle filled with gasoline and Egged bus timetables.

It was unclear why the suspect chose to go through a security checkpoint carrying a bomb she may have planned to throw at a bus.

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