Palestinian teens carrying pipe bombs, gun arrested at checkpoint


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Palestinian teens were arrested at a West Bank checkpoint after police found they were hiding pipe bombs, a gun and ammunition.

The Palestinians, both 17 and residents of the Balata refugee camp in Nablus, were acting suspiciously as they approached the Tapuach Junction on Saturday evening, according to reports. Asked to stop for a routine inspection they attempted to run away, but were caught by Border Guards and police officers.

They were discovered to be carrying five pipe bombs, a gun and ammunition. One of the teens also was carrying a knife.

It is believed they were planning a large scale attack, the Border Guard said. Jewish buses traveling in the area on Saturday night are often full and there is a busy hitchhiking post near the checkpoint. 

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