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IDF troops arrest 4 suspects carrying firearms on West Bank border

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

The Israel Defense Forces says troops arrested four suspects carrying two firearms in the West Bank seam zone, near the town of ‘Anin, close to the Arab Israeli city of Umm al-Fahm earlier today.

Troops operating in the area heard sounds of gunfire and began to search for the source. At the same time, soldiers operating security cameras identified that the group had crossed the West Bank security barrier into the seam zone area.

The group was arrested after a brief chase, and two pistols were found in a bag one was carrying.

The IDF does not say if the group was planning to commit an attack or was smuggling arms into Israel.

According to Army Radio, two of the suspects are Arab Israelis, including a police officer, and a fifth suspect managed to flee toward Umm al-Fahm.

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