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September 05, 2002
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Palestinians fail to murder hundreds with 1,600 lb bomb

Ha'arezt reports that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF, Israel's army) has prevented a major Palestinian attack that might have caused hundreds of deaths:

Security forces prevented what a senior police officer described as one of the biggest terror bombing attempts since the start of the intifada, when they intercepted a car in the early hours of Thursday morning filled with 600 kilograms of explosives near Pardes Hana, not far from Hadera.

Two cars - an Isuzu van and a Golf - were captured at around 2 A.M. after they aroused the suspicion of civilian volunteers serving with the police, because they were traveling very fast at about two o'clock in the morning, on a winding dirt road leading from the West Bank into Israel.

After police at a roadblock ordered them to stop, the cars continued driving for a short distance and the occupants then jumped out and fled. Police then discovered the explosives in the van, along with a cellular phone and two large containers filled with fuel and metal fragments.

Yesterday two bombs were dismantled proving that the Palestinians continue to try to murder as many innocent women and children as possible. To give you an idea on what such an explosion could cause, click here to check out what happened to a small town in Texas, in 1947. A ship blew up in a port taking 600 lives and injuring thousands - click here for the story.

I find it incredible that the Palestinians from the Hamas and Islamic Jihad would deliberately want to murder babies and children with such a passion.

I copy the full article below.

Security forces intercept car filled with 600 kg of explosives
By David Ratner, Ha'aretz Correspondent and Agencies
http://news.haaretz.co.il/hasen/
pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=205493

Security forces prevented what a senior police officer described as one of the biggest terror bombing attempts since the start of the intifada, when they intercepted a car in the early hours of Thursday morning filled with 600 kilograms of explosives near Pardes Hana, not far from Hadera.

Two cars - an Isuzu van and a Golf - were captured at around 2 A.M. after they aroused the suspicion of civilian volunteers serving with the police, because they were traveling very fast at about two o'clock in the morning, on a winding dirt road leading from the West Bank into Israel.

After police at a roadblock ordered them to stop, the cars continued driving for a short distance and the occupants then jumped out and fled. Police then discovered the explosives in the van, along with a cellular phone and two large containers filled with fuel and metal fragments.

The cellular phone was likely to be used to detonate the bomb and the second vehicle as a getaway car.

The two cars were headed in the general direction of the town of Hadera, where several Palestinian suicide bombings and shooting attacks have taken place in the past two years.

Sappers who were called to the scene, detonated the explosives-filled car in a controlled explosion.

Security officials lowered their state of alert on Thursday afternoon, after conducting an intensive search for suspected terrorists fleeing the scene of the car bomb.

"This was one of the biggest (successes in) foiling an attack that we know of," said Northern police chief Ya'akov Borovsky. "We did not have any specific warnings, but our working assumption is that the eve of a Jewish holiday is a time when terror attacks are likely."

David Baker, an official at the Prime Minister's Office, said the car bomb was the Palestinians' gift to Israelis for the Jewish New Year. "A New Year tragedy has been averted and many Israeli lives have been saved," he said.

Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said the discovery of the bomb was a "miracle."

Had the bomb gone off, Peres said, "it would have cost such loss of life that it would have changed almost the entire political situation in one moment."

Army arrests 3 Palestinians said planning suicide attack over New Year
IDF troops arrested three Palestinians in the Nablus area overnight Wednesday whom it said were planning to carry out a suicide attack inside Israel over the New Year holiday, Israel Radio reported.

The three - two of whom were to serve as the bombers - were seized in the Balata refugee camp.

Two mortar shells were fired overnight at the Gush Katif settlement bloc in Gaza and a Kassam rocket was fired into the northern part of the Strip, the radio reported. There were no injuries in the attacks.

Posted by David Melle at September 05, 2002 09:24 AM
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