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Security Officials Believe Israeli Arabs May Have Been Involved in Tel Aviv Blast

Security officials believe that Israeli Arabs may have been involved in yesterday’s blast near Dizengoff St. in the heart of Tel Aviv and are considering measures to control Arabs passing through the city and the many thousands who work in Tel Aviv and often spend the night here. The explosion of a parked vehicle laden with TNT shortly after midnight yesterday injured 11 persons and caused extensive property damage.

Police said the vehicle, described as an Israeli Army car, was stolen in Jaffa. Investigations of the explosion are centered in that ancient largely Arab seaport town which was absorbed by the Tel Aviv municipality after the 1948 war. Police believe the explosives were smuggled into Jaffa bit by bit by Israeli Arabs and loaded into the car after more than 50 kilograms of dynamite was accumulated. The blast was set off by a timing device. Security officials think there may be a connection between the Tel Aviv explosion and the sabotage of an oil pipeline in the Haifa Bay area last week for which El Fatah has claimed credit.