April 20, 2012:
Jewish Israeli civilians were targeted by three Arab roadside bombs set-up at night April 18th near Hevron. IDF sappers discovered the three-bomb set-up was sophisticated and reminiscent of the type of challenges faced by the IDF in Lebanon in the past. When IDF forces arrived on the scene they were instructed by their regiment commander to remain within their armoured vehicles. This order proved to be the right decision since in daylight the IDF discovered the third bomb with a tripwire in the bushes on a path leading to the nearby village of Yata. The bomb would have detonated against any IDF force that tried to go down the route. The Shin Bet succeeded in catching the terror cell that planted the bombs. The ambush signals a serious alert in the security situation in Judea.
A Jewish resident of Avigail in southern Mount Hevron, was driving home with a friend on the dark and largely deserted road, when he was distracted by a piece of black fabric waving in the wind and thought it was a dog running toward the road. He braked slightly and the next moment a huge ball of fire engulfed the front of his car. Had he not braked, he probably would have been at the center of the explosion when the bomb went off. The explosive device that had been planted at the side of the road was detonated with a cell phone. The Jewish man and his passenger managed to escape unharmed and continued driving. However, a second explosive charge, planted a few meters down the road which was planned to explode on them, was not detonated.
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