Service on Yerushalayim’s light rail was suspended Sunday morning after a security officer arrested a 20-year-old Arab who claimed to be carrying a bomb. The Arab’s backpack was seized, and he was arrested.
Police sources said that there was a “likelihood” that the backpack indeed contained explosives. Police explosives experts found three pipe bombs, detonator wires, a cellphone and several knives in his bag, a police spokeswoman said. Two main streets were closed off while police defused the devices. The sources said that under questioning the Arab admitted that he had planned to blow up the bombs on the train.
The incident occurred in the center of the city, at the light rail stop on Yaffo Street, near King George Street, during the morning rush hour. The Arab attempted to get on the train, but was halted by a security guard, after his suspicions were aroused.
“The plan was apparently to attack the light railway,” Yerushalayim police chief Yoram Halevi said in a statement.
Light rail train service was resumed a short while later.