Border Police in Hebron defuse 2 bombs planted near Tomb of the Patriarchs
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Border Police in Hebron defuse 2 bombs planted near Tomb of the Patriarchs

Devices discovered near security checkpoints; incident comes after 2 IEDs thrown at forces in city this week

A bomb found in the yard of a Palestinian home near a security checkpoint in the West Bank city of Hebron on June 22, 2018. (Israel Police)
A bomb found in the yard of a Palestinian home near a security checkpoint in the West Bank city of Hebron on June 22, 2018. (Israel Police)

Border Police on Friday defused a pair of improvised explosive devices planted near Israeli security forces in the West Bank city of Hebron, police said.

The bombs were both discovered near security checkpoints at the Tomb of the Patriarchs holy site, according to police.

One device was found in a yard by a patrol. Border Police sappers destroyed it in a controlled explosion, police said.

During a subsequent scan of the area officers also found a pipe bomb near a checkpoint. It was also defused by sappers, police said.

The discovery of the bombs comes on a week which saw two incidents of improvised explosive devices being thrown at officers at the entrance to the Tomb of the Patriarchs — on both Tuesday and Thursday.

There were no injuries in either incident and no suspects were detained.

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