Tel Aviv police are searching for a would-be bomber who called them to say he came from Hebron “to carry out an attack” but had changed his mind and simply “wanted to go home.”
After receiving the call on the night of August 4th, police, “Border Patrol, and special patrol units” combed the city, but they could not locate the man.
According to The Jerusalem Post, the man said he “was carrying explosive things on his body.” He told the dispatcher his mother had tried to talk him out of going through with the attack in the first place and that he eventually “changed his mind and wanted to go home.”
The Daily Beast reports that the would-be bomber told the dispatcher, “I came to commit a suicide bombing. … I have things on my body and I don’t know what to do.”
In the night, “entrances and exits to Tel Aviv were closed off” as police searched. But after intense searches through the city turned up nothing, roads were re-opened.
Authorities are asking Israelis to be vigilant and “increase their awareness of anything out of the ordinary.”
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