Security officials offer more details on the would-be car bomber wounded in this morning’s attempted bombing outside Jerusalem.
The woman, 31, is from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber but now lives in Jericho.
She has no record of security incidents, the Shin Bet says.
According to a preliminary investigation, the woman was stopped by a traffic cop just after 7 a.m. near the A-Zaim checkpoint east of Jerusalem. The policeman noticed she was driving in the public transportation lane and was intentionally driving very close to a police vehicle.
Suspicious, the officer ordered her to stop her vehicle. When he approached her car, she attempted to detonate a gas canister using an explosive detonator while shouting “Allah akbar” – “God is great” – and attempting to flee the car.
The ensuing explosion was relatively small, apparently because the canister did not detonate. The woman was badly burned, the officer lightly wounded.
The woman was found carrying handwritten notes in praise of Islamic martyrdom.
According to authorities, the attacker intended to detonate her improvised car bomb in a major Israeli population center.