Police arrest Palestinian armed with M16 rifle in West Bank

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

A Palestinian man armed with an M16 rifle is arrested by officers in the Gush Etzion settlement block, police say.

According to police, the 30-year-old from Bethlehem was stopped during a routine check of suspicious vehicles in the area.

“During a search of the vehicle, an M16 firearm, magazines and ammunition were found,” police say.

The suspect has been taken for further questioning.

It is not yet clear if he sought to commit an attack or was involved in a weapons sale or smuggling attempt.

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