A terror attack was thwarted Sunday morning south of Jerusalem, when border policemen stopped a car packed with explosives at a checkpoint adjacent to Beitar Illit.

Police officers attempted to stop the Citroen, but when the driver barreled through to breach the checkpoint, one of the policemen reached through the window in an attempt to turn off the car.

The driver, a Palestinian male, continued to drive until the border policeman aimed his gun at him.

In the car, security forces found several explosive devices attached to gas balloons.

Sappers were at the scene, according to Israel Police, and the suspect is in custody.

Route 375 leading from Beitar Illit to Tzur Hadassah was closed to traffic, and drivers were asked to use Highway 1.