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IDF soldier reports attempted kidnapping

Sderot police searching for two men who allegedly tried to force him into their car

Tamar Pileggi is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

An IDF soldier reported that two people he described as Arabs tried to kidnap him Thursday at the Sha’ar Hanegev Junction near Sderot.

According to the soldier, the two men offered him a ride and when he refused, they tried to pull him into the car forcefully, Israel Radio reported.

The attempted kidnappers managed to grab the soldier’s bag and drove off with it before discarding it a short time later.

Sderot Police opened an investigation into the incident.

The attempted kidnapping came amid a period of extended unrest in Jerusalem and the West Bank as well as some Arab-Israeli towns, sparked by rising tensions over the Temple Mount, and the police shooting of an Arab man last week.

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