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Israeli woman takes gun, grenade to airport

Passenger en route to Eilat detained by police after Sde Dov security uncovers cache of weapons in her luggage

This X-Ray image shows a grenade in the bag of an Israeli woman who tried to board a plane at the Sde Dov Airport on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 (Israel Airports Authority)
This X-Ray image shows a grenade in the bag of an Israeli woman who tried to board a plane at the Sde Dov Airport on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 (Israel Airports Authority)

An Israeli woman was detained by police after a handgun, a grenade, and a cartridge full of bullets for an assault rife were found in her suitcase at Tel Aviv’s Sde Dov Airport on Wednesday morning.

The passenger, who was attempting to board a flight to the southern resort town of Eilat, was discovered to have the cache of weapons in her luggage while going though routine security screenings, reports said.

She told security officers at check-in that she had no contraband items in her luggage, but the X-ray machine revealed the weapons in her bag a short time later.

The unnamed woman was detained by the Airport Authority and then transferred to police custody for further questioning.

According to reports, the woman claimed to have borrowed the suitcase from a relative and said she was unaware of the weapons and ammunition inside it.

A sapper unit was called to Sde Dov to dispose of the hand grenade.

After the incident, the Airport Authority urged all passengers to remain vigilant and double check all their luggage for unwanted items.

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