A Palestinian man was arrested in the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim Friday as he prepared to carry out a stabbing attack, it was announced Saturday evening.

Police detained the suspect after receiving reports of a suspicious man, possibly drunk, standing near the town’s entrance. He was found to be carrying a 30cm-long (12-inch) knife.

The man, a 34-year-old resident of Abu Dis, told policemen he had intended to stab someone in the town.

He was arrested and taken for further questioning.

Israeli security service and police officers on Wednesday announced that they arrested six East Jerusalem lawyers on suspicion of relaying messages between Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza and security detainees in Israeli prisons.

The Shin Bet security agency and the Israel Police arrested the six attorneys several weeks ago, but details of the case were barred from publication until Wednesday.