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IDF soldier lightly injured in West Bank pipe bomb attack

Explosive device hidden in burning tire on the road outside Mughayir, northeast of Ramallah, army says

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

Illustrative: IDF soldiers during an arrest raid in the Dheisheh refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 8, 2015. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Illustrative: IDF soldiers during an arrest raid in the Dheisheh refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 8, 2015. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded by a pipe bomb that exploded next to him on a road in the northern West Bank on Monday night, the army said.

Earlier in the evening, the Israel Defense Forces had received reports of burning tires outside the village of Mughayir, northeast of Ramallah, a military spokesperson said.

A group of soldiers were called to the area to investigate. One of them approached a burning tire, but it “turned out to be an explosive device” and detonated, the army said.

The soldier was lightly injured and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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The army began searching for those responsible for the pipe bomb attack.

Emergency services at the scene of an explosion next to a West Bank checkpoint outside of the Palestinian village of Hizme, May 10, 2016. (Screencapture)
Emergency services at the scene of an explosion next to a West Bank checkpoint outside of the Palestinian village of Hizme, May 10, 2016. (Screencapture)

On May 10 — just after the start of Israel’s Memorial Day — Lt. Shachar Roditi was seriously wounded by an improvised explosive device, composed of four pipe bombs, which was detonated next to his face, on a road outside Hizme, north of Jerusalem.

The five members of the terror cell believed to be responsible for the attack were arrested a few days later.

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