JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian man in his 20s was stopped on Sunday morning while attempting to board the Jerusalem Light Rail with a bag containing pipe bombs that police said he planned to detonate.
The man, a resident of the West Bank near Hebron, was stopped as he began boarding the crowded train before 9 a.m., during the rush hour, according to police. As he was questioned, security forces searched his bag, discovering at least three pipe bombs and knives. He was arrested and taken in for questioning.
The light rail was halted and the major downtown Jerusalem streets King George and Jaffa were closed.
“A large attack was prevented this morning thanks to the vigilance of Jerusalem’s light rail guards,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said in a statement. “Our message to the public is to continue as normal, be alert and never give in to terror. We must hunt down terrorists everywhere without compromise and without restraint.”