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Six Policemen Killed, Six Others Wounded, Two Railroad Men Injured in Palestine Attacks

Six Palestine policemen were killed and two railroad men ware wounded today in the 13th and 14th attacks on the Palestine rail system in the past month. In the evening a police car was blasted in Jerusalem injuring six policemen.

In a dawn explosion near Beth Safafa, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, two British constables, an Arab sergeant and three Arab policemen were hurled 900 feet from their hand-operated rail trolley. All were dead when found, the official communique stated. They were members of a self-styled “suicide patrol” which checks the tracks for landmines before train service is resumed each morning.

A fireman and an Arab guard were wounded near Schechuna Hatikva, a suburb of Tel Aviv, when a locomotive and three cars of freight trains were derailed by another electrically-detonated bomb. It was reported that a police trolley, similar to the one blown up at Beth Safafa, passed the scene of the explosion before the train started, but did not discover the mine attached to cross ties.

The government this afternoon suspended all rail traffic from Jerusalem to Lydda and Tel Aviv to Lydda, stranding all persons travelling to Haifa or Egypt.