IDF Officer Seriously Hurt By Bombs At West Bank Checkpoint

Israeli soldiers speak to a Palestinian man as he waits to cross the Kalandia checkpoint on the main road leading the West Bank city of Ramallah to Jerusalem, 25 November 2007.

The Times of Israel reports: An IDF officer was seriously injured Tuesday night when four pipe bombs detonated near him at a West Bank checkpoint outside of the Palestinian village of Hizme, north of Jerusalem.

According to an initial investigation at the scene, the army believes the four improvised explosive devices had been planted earlier along the road and detonated as the troops approached, the IDF said in a statement.

The explosive devices detonated near the man’s face, seriously wounding him. He was taken to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem neighborhood and rushed into an operating room for treatment, a hospital spokesperson said.

IDF soldiers, along with a police sapper unit, located another five unexploded pipe bombs in the area. They were “removed and disarmed” in a combined IDF and Israel Police effort, the army said in a statement.

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