Suicide bombing thwarted near Jerusalem

Israeli police prevented a large-scale suicide bombing by a female Palestinian terrorist on Sunday morning when they became suspicious of her behavior as she drove towards a checkpoint in the West Bank and ordered her to pull over. When one of the policemen at the A-Zayim checkpoint, located on the Maaleh Adumim highway, approached the vehicle, the woman yelled “Allahu Akbar” and detonated an explosive device she was wearing. Both the policeman, who suffered burns on his face, and the terrorist, who was seriously injured, were taken to a local hospital.
According to the initial findings of the police, the 31-year-old woman, a resident of East Jerusalem, was carrying a gas canister in the vehicle that was intended for a large-scale attack in Jerusalem. She apparently left the city on Friday or Saturday and travelled to an area south of the city where she received the explosives from the planners of the attack, and was headed back to the capital to carry out the attack when she was pulled over. Efforts are underway to locate the owner of the vehicle, as the car has Israeli license plates.            

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