Police believe a soldier who claimed Sunday that he escaped a kidnapping attempt in the Jordan Valley lied and that the story was entirely invented, Israel Radio reported Sunday.

The soldier was taken for questioning by IDF Military Police, police said. No details were given as to why the tale was thought untrue.

The soldier, a resident of the Beit Jann Druze village in northern Israel, claimed earlier Sunday that three men tried to force him into a car as he waited at a bus stop near the Hamra Junction. He said he managed to escape to a nearby olive grove, and there alerted police.

Police then set up roadblocks in the area in an attempt to locate suspects in the alleged kidnapping attempt.