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West Bank checkpoint closed after suicide bombing scare

Police find that a Palestinian man who was stopped with what appeared to be an explosive vest was not armed

West Bank city of Jenin (photo credit: Matanya Tausig/Flash90)
West Bank city of Jenin (photo credit: Matanya Tausig/Flash90)

Israeli security forces determined that a Palestinian man who was detained Sunday near the northern West Bank city of Jenin on suspicion that he was planning to carry out a suicide bombing was, in fact, unarmed.

The man was apprehended at a checkpoint next to the Palestinian town of Jalameh on the northern border of the West Bank, after security forces noticed what appeared to be an explosive vest strapped to his torso, Israel Radio reported.

Sappers were attempting to dismantle what they thought was an explosive device while police interrogated the man at a facility adjacent to the checkpoint, according to the report.

The device was later found not to contain any explosives, Israel Radio reported.

Adiv Sterman contributed to this report.

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