Two East Jerusalem residents held for pipe bomb attack on cops
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Two East Jerusalem residents held for pipe bomb attack on cops

Suspects allegedly threw explosive at officers during late-night police raid in Issawiya; bomb failed to detonate, was neutralized by sappers

Illustrative: Israeli police during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya on October 24, 2014. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
Illustrative: Israeli police during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya on October 24, 2014. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

Two residents of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya were arrested early Tuesday after allegedly attempting to carry out a pipe bomb attack against Border Police officers.

During a police sweep of the neighborhood, the two suspects threw an improvised pipe bomb at the officers, but the bomb failed to detonate, police said.

It was neutralized by police sappers at the scene.

Officers raided the building from which the pipe bomb was thrown and arrested the suspects.

Illustrative: A pipe bomb found concealed in the clothing of a Palestinian who tried to enter the Samaria Military Court in the northern West Bank, March 11, 2018. (Israel Police)

There was no immediate information from police about the purpose of the overnight operation in Issawiya, where residents say Israeli forces have carried out near nightly raids in recent months.

A Border Police officer was lightly hurt during the operation when he was hit by a rock thrown by protesting residents, who also shot fireworks at the cops.

The officer was briefly hospitalized, but was released within a few hours.

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