Explosion rocks West Bank bus stop, no injuries

Explosion rocks West Bank bus stop, no injuries

In separate incident, two pipe bombs are hurled at junction near settlement outside of Nablus

Adiv Sterman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

A makeshift bomb went off Sunday at a West Bank bus stop near the city of Ariel, in what security officials believe was an attempted terror attack.

The explosion, which took place not far from the Tapuah Junction near the settlement of Rechelim, caused minor damage to the bus stop but resulted in no injuries, police said.

Security forces conducted extensive searches near the junction in an attempt to locate the perpetrators of the failed attack and in order to ensure that no additional explosive devices had been placed in the area.

Earlier Sunday, two pipe bombs were hurled at the Jit junction outside the West Bank city of Nablus and near the settlement of Kedumim, the army said. No damage or injuries were reported.

The IDF said it was combing the area for other bombs as well, Channel 2 reported.

Police said traffic was expected in the area due to the searches.

On Thursday, a 2-year-old girl was lightly injured near the West Bank village of Hawara, between Nablus and the Tapuah Junction, after Palestinians hurled stones at the vehicle in which she was riding, Ynet reported.

Earlier that day, three Molotov cocktails were hurled by unknown assailants at the home of a Jewish family in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tor.

No injuries were reported.

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