Terror attack thwarted in West Bank
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Terror attack thwarted in West Bank

Police and IDF troops catch Palestinian youth with knife and pistol; army denies reports of gunbattle in northern Gaza Strip

Lazar Berman is a former breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Israeli security forces at a bus stop at the Tapuah Junction inspect the site of a terror attack on April 30, 2013 (photo credit: Flash90)
Israeli security forces at a bus stop at the Tapuah Junction inspect the site of a terror attack on April 30, 2013 (photo credit: Flash90)

A terror attack was prevented Wednesday when Israeli security forces in the West Bank caught a Palestinian youth carrying a pistol and knife.

The suspect was arrested by police and Givati soldiers at the Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank, Yedioth Ahronoth reported. He tried reaching for an improvised knife hidden in his belt when security forces grabbed him.

During his initial interrogation on the scene, the suspect admitted he intended to carry out an attack and was taken into custody for further questioning, security officials said.

Palestinians report Gaza firefight with IDF

Elsewhere, the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency reported early Wednesday morning IDF forces operating in the northern Gaza Strip injured a Palestinian militant during a firefight.

The IDF spokeperson’s office said it had no knowledge of the incident, and that no IDF troops were operating in the area at that time.

According to Ma’an, IDF vehicles and infantrymen crossed into Gaza, and exchanged fire with militants near the Jabaliya refugee camp. There was no indication on which organization the reportedly injured man belonged to.

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