Palestinian caught with pipe bomb at West Bank military courthouse
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Palestinian caught with pipe bomb at West Bank military courthouse

Explosive device concealed by man trying to enter building was filled with knife shards to cause more damage, police say

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

A pipe bomb that a Palestinian man tried to smuggle into the Samaria Military Court on February 13, 2018. (Israel Police)
A pipe bomb that a Palestinian man tried to smuggle into the Samaria Military Court on February 13, 2018. (Israel Police)

Border Police guards and IDF military police on Tuesday foiled an attempt to bring a pipe bomb packed with metal shards into the Samaria Military Court in the northern West Bank, police said in a statement.

A Palestinian man who was seeking to enter the building was found to be hiding the explosive device under his clothes.

It was the second such incident in a week at the same courthouse.

The officers’ actions “saved lives,” the statement said.

A Palestinian man who arrived at the court building was asked to submit to a metal detector scan. The scanner alerted the guards that the man was carrying a metal object.

Guards searched the man several times, and after not immediately finding any metal objects, asked him to take off his clothes, revealing the hidden pipe bomb.

Police sappers who neutralized the device with a controlled explosion found that it contained shards from knives, apparently to increase the lethality of the blast.

“Border police will continue to defend the military court house, a symbol of law and order that we will not allow to be compromised,” police said.

The Samaria Military Court has been targeted several times in the past few months by Palestinians carrying pipe bombs.

Last week a man was stopped under very similar circumstances as he tried to smuggle a pipe bomb into the military court.

On December 28, Border Police officers arrested a 16-year-old Palestinian teen who was carrying a pipe bomb as he entered the court.

Less than two weeks earlier, police arrested a Palestinian man who tried to enter the same military court with two pipe bombs.

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