The Palestinian flag flutters near an Israeli army watch tower in the Israeli-controlled West Bank checkpoint of Hawara, on May 14, 2014
The Palestinian flag flutters near an Israeli army watch tower in the Israeli-controlled West Bank checkpoint of Hawara, on May 14, 2014 © Jaafar Ashtiyeh - AFP/File
The Palestinian flag flutters near an Israeli army watch tower in the Israeli-controlled West Bank checkpoint of Hawara, on May 14, 2014
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Last updated: May 30, 2014

Israeli army foils Palestinian pipe bomb attack

Israeli soldiers foiled a suicide attack Friday, arresting a Palestinian in the West Bank who had a dozen pipe bombs hidden under his coat, the army spokesperson said.

The soldiers arrested the man as he approached an army checkpoint "wearing a suspiciously large coat" in the sweltering heat, and found 12 pipe bombs strapped to his body.

The bomb disposal unit was called in and used a robot to destroy the explosives.

Israeli public radio said the security services interrogated the man, in his early 20s, to find out where he or a possible accomplice planned to detonate the bombs.

Israel has in recent years managed to thwart all attempted suicide attacks in both the Jewish state and the West Bank.

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