Palestinian teen caught with pipe bombs outside courthouse
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Palestinian teen caught with pipe bombs outside courthouse

Youth, detained at checkpoint by Border Police, suspected of planning to blow up military court near Nablus

Border Police guard a checkpoint where a Palestinian teen was arrested for allegedly attempting to bring pipe bombs to the military court near Nablus, May 10, 2017. (Police spokesperson)
Border Police guard a checkpoint where a Palestinian teen was arrested for allegedly attempting to bring pipe bombs to the military court near Nablus, May 10, 2017. (Police spokesperson)

A Palestinian teenager was arrested outside a military court on Wednesday when police discovered he was carrying two pipe bombs.

The suspect was caught while attempting to pass the checkpoint outside the military court near Nablus, Israel Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.

Border Police and military police became suspicious when he claimed he did not have his identity card with him, she said.

They detained him and searched him, discovering two pipe bombs hidden in his clothes.

Two pipe bombs allegedly brought by a Palestinian teen to the military court near Nablus, May 10, 2017. (Police spokesperson)
Two pipe bombs allegedly brought by a Palestinian teen to the military court near Nablus, May 10, 2017. (Police spokesperson)

Military sappers were summoned to the scene and neutralized the bombs.

An initial interrogation found that the suspect, a minor from the Jenin refugee camp in the north of the West Bank, had planned to detonate the bombs inside the courthouse, police said.

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