Jordan Foils Terrorist Bid to Enter Israel With Petrol Bombs

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(AFP) – Jordanian border guards on Tuesday arrested a man as he tried to enter Israel in a car containing petrol bombs, an official said.

He was detained after ignoring orders at a checkpoint and trying to drive through roadblocks leading to the border, the source told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The source said the car was seized and found to contain petrol bombs which the driver had “intended to use illegally”.

A statement from the armed forces also reported the arrest of a man and the seizure of his vehicle for “trying to cross the checkpoints on the road to a neighboring country”.

“Materials used to carry out illegal acts were found in the vehicle, and the driver admitted that he intended to use them,” the statement said.

Attempts to infiltrate Israel from Jordan are rare because of strict security measures on both sides of the border.

The two countries signed a peace treaty in 1994.