An alert soldier at the Beit Iba Checkpoint west of Shechem prevented a terror attack on Sunday.
The soldier felt an Arab male crossing the military inspection station appeared strange, prompting her to call attention to him. Her actions prevented nine pipe bombs from entering into Israel; bombs that authorities believe were intended for use during Sukkos.
The soldier, assigned to the military police stopped the male who was found to be transporting three bombs in his tool box. To other PA (Palestinian Authority) residents were also found to be carrying a total of six pipe bombs in their tool boxes as they attempted to pass the checkpoint.
Corporal Nigsat Kasa instructed the first man to open his tool box but he refused. She opened it and found the explosive devices under his clothing. She immediately chambered a bullet in her weapon and called for the checkpoint supervisor. The events that followed led to the discovery of the other bombs as well.
The IDF, Israel Police and other agencies remain on high alert over Sukkos and Defense Minister Ehud Barak has imposed a general closure on all PA residents during the first day of Yomtov. The situation will be reevaluated on Tuesday morning, the first day Chol Hamoed, at which time the closure may be lifted.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)