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Booby-trap Parcels Continue to Arrive

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Booby-trap parcels mailed from various European countries continued to arrive in Israel today. A large parcel containing explosives was detected in the main distribution center of the Tel Aviv post office this morning. It was postmarked in Yugoslavia and addressed to the owner of a small shop who has no connection with security or government. Other bomb parcels that have arrived this week were addressed to public figures and the heads of industries engaged in defense work.

Five small parcels suspected of containing explosives were turned over to police for investigation. Most of the booby-trapped mall has come from Vienna or Belgrade. Some were mailed from Norway and Switzerland. Deputy Premier Yigal Allon said last night that he did not think that the wave of booby-trapped mail marked a resurgence of terrorist activity against Israel.

He told students at the Haifa Technion that they seemed to be a one-time sporadic effort by the terrorists to remind the world of their existence. He said yesterday’s grenade explosions which injured six persons in Natanya and Kfar Saba had the same intent. He said that Israel’s security services have apprehended almost all terrorist bombers in the past and would undoubtedly catch the perpetrators of yesterday’s incidents.

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