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Saboteurs Mistakenly Mine Silo in Jerusalem, Instead of Target Oil Tank

An apparent error on the part of Arab saboteurs averted what might have been a major disaster here Friday night. A small charge of explosives tore holes in a chicken feed silo which the saboteurs mistook for a similar-looking oil storage tank nearby, officials reported today.

According to a military spokesman, the explosion was heard throughout the southern district of Jerusalem, but damage to the silo was slight because only one or two kilograms of explosives was used. The amount would have sufficed to blow up the oil storage tank and set the fuel ablaze.