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British Soldiers Killed As Sternists Strike in Two Cities; Curfew Imposed on Jerusalem

An unknown number of British soldiers were killed and at least 21 wounded tonight when two hand grenades were thrown into the Ritz Cafe, which is frequented by military personnel. At the same time, a British policeman was killed several hundred yards from the cafe by automatic rifle fire.

Meanwhile, gunmen firing from a passing car killed three Britons in Haifa and seriously wounded a fourth.

The attacks, which were apparently carried out by the Stern Group in retaliation for the killing of five of its members yesterday by troops who raided a Sternist training headquarters at Herzlia, provoked brutal manhandling of Jewish civilians in the center of Jerusalem where an intensive manbunt was in progress. First reports said that at least three Jews had been hospitalized.

A 10 P.M. to 10 A.M. curfew was clamped down on Jerusalem, the first in several months.