Knives, Molotov cocktails uncovered as major attack in Jerusalem foiled: police
An alleged plot to carry out a large-scale terror attack in Jerusalem was foiled after six Palestinians were apprehended in a car containing knives, stun grenades and Molotov cocktails, Israeli police said on Tuesday.
The six were stopped at the Mazmuriya checkpoint by border police officers after they noticed that the license plates on the front of the vehicle were different from the rear, according to a police statement.
Police also announced that the Palestinian residents, who did not possess any identifying documents, said they intended to drive to Jerusalem and carry out a terror attack. The police statement did not refer to any specific target in the city.
The checkpoint was closed while police sappers examined the weapons, police said. The six suspects are being questioned by border police officers.
Jerusalem has long been a target for Palestinian terror attacks, due in part to its proximity and links to the West Bank.
While attacks in Jerusalem have ebbed since the peak of the so-called "wave of terror" from late 2015 to early 2016, some assailants have slipped through the net.
Two weeks ago a border policewoman was stabbed to death in Jerusalem's Old City by terrorists who hailed from a Palestinian town just north of the city.
Also on Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces announced that the family homes of the men who carried out that attack, and another fatal attack near the West Bank settlement of Ofra several months ago, will be demolished, the Ynet website reported.
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