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Police arrest Palestinian with an axe, suicide note in Samaria

A 22-year-old resident of Al-Bireh was arrested on Sunday night after police found an axe in his vehicle, along with a suicide note stating his intention of carrying out a terror attack, police said in a statement.

The suspect had been pulled over at Tapuah Junction, just east of Ariel in Judea and Samaria, during a police patrol to “prevent friction and maintain public order,” according to police.

An initial investigation found that the suspect had been driving around for an hour looking for solitary Israelis, with a view to attacking them, police said.

Samaria sub-district head Asst. Cmdr. Haim Sergerof praised the officers that made the arrest, saying that their awareness had apparently prevented “a big terror attack.”

The IDF together with the Border Police and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) conducted multiple counter-terror raids in Judea and Samaria overnight Sunday, resulting in the arrest of nine suspects overnight.

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