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Israeli Police Arrest Minister, 2 Professionals, in Market Bombing

Israeli police announced today that a Christian minister and a lawyer, both from Ramallah, and an East Jerusalem surgeon have been arrested in connection with the investigation into the Feb. 21 bombing of the Supersol supermarket in West Jerusalem which killed two. The minister, Rev. Elia Khader Khalil Khouri, 47, of St. Andrews Church, was being held as a liaison with Arab extremists in the Gaza Strip. He is militantly anti-Israel and has refused to hold mass in his church since the Six-Day War as a sign of protest, police said. The surgeon, Dr. Nabih Ammar, was also linked with terrorists and is believed to have used the “welfare hospital” in the Abu Tour quarter of East Jerusalem as a center for sabotage activity. The Ramallah lawyer detained was identified as Bashir Khairy. Police said the investigation of the bombing has led to the exposure of two illegal underground organizations on the West Bank, one political and the other terrorist. They said that a total of 70 persons have been arrested so far and that charge sheets were being prepared for presentation in court.

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