Israeli officials confirmed Wednesday that a “large-scale” terror attack was thwarted just hours before citizens were poised to celebrate the Jewish State’s 70-year anniversary.
Israeli guards and soldiers stopped the explosives-packed truck at a northern West Bank border crossing on Independence Day; discovering the bomb-material hidden in the vehicle’s roof, air conditioning system, and engine.
According to the Times of Israel, police managed to diffuse the bomb without incident; preventing a devastating terror attack that could have killed thousands.
המשאית במעבר ריחן שנעצרה על ידי הבודקים הביטחוניים של רשות המעברים במשרד הביטחון- המטען נמצא בגג המשאית. pic.twitter.com/rjIFnCSnDj
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Defense Minister Liberman praised the nation’s military and law enforcement; saying their “vigilance and professionalism” led to “the exposure of an explosive device and to the thwarting of a large-scale terror attack on our 70th Independence Day.”
“We will chase down the bastards who planned to harm our celebration,” he wrote on Twitter.