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Zim Line Passenger Office in London is Target of Crude Bomb Attempt

Scotland Yard is investigating an explosion in the passenger offices of the Israel Government-owned Zim Israel Navigation Co. here today. A woman clerk, Rachel Picker, was slightly injured when what police described as a home-made bomb stuffed under a carpet, went off at about 1:30 p.m. Most of the staff was out to lunch at the time. The clerk was treated for leg injuries at Middlesex Hospital.

Police said that two hours after the explosion in the Zim Lines office, an anonymous telephone caller warned the staff at Jewish Agency headquarters in London that a bomb had been placed in the building. Police arrived promptly but a search yielded no bomb.

The Jewish Agency offices and the Zim Lines office are both located on Regent Street in a fashionable district of downtown London. The steamship company has its office on the second floor of an office building The bomb went off in the reception area near the passenger ticket counter where the clerk was the only person present. Police said the bomb was a crude, home-made device about four inches long which anybody could have put together. Damage to the office was minor.

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