Palestinian security forces uncover 12 roadside bombs in West Bank
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Palestinian security forces uncover 12 roadside bombs in West Bank

Improvised devices discovered on road linking two Palestinian villages; radio report says they may have been intended for use against IDF vehicles

Palestinian forces inspect a roadside bomb found in the West Bank on Saturday, January 27, 2018. (Ma'an news agency)
Palestinian forces inspect a roadside bomb found in the West Bank on Saturday, January 27, 2018. (Ma'an news agency)

Palestinian security forces on Saturday uncovered and dismantled at least 12 roadside bombs on a road connecting two Palestinian villages near the city of Tulkarem in the West Bank.

A Palestinian driver noticed suspicious objects on the road, located in the West Bank’s Area A which is under full security control of the Palestinian Authority, and alerted PA security forces, a source with the security forces told Israeli news site Ynet.

One of 12 roadside bombs found in the West Bank on Saturday, January 27, 2018. (Ma’an news agency)

Members of the security forces’ engineering department scrambled to the scene and found 12 improvised explosive devices placed into the road, the source said, each weighing between 20 and 30 kilograms. The source added it appears the bombs were there for some time.

The road is mainly used by Palestinian civilians although Israeli military vehicles have been spotted on it, said the PA source.

Army Radio said the devices may have surfaced amid heavy rains. It said investigators believe they were planted for use against IDF vehicles.

An investigation is ongoing.

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