Bomb Blast Averted by Alert Jerusalem Newsboy

A Jerusalem newsboy who spotted a suspicious looking parcel in a government office building here early this morning was credited with averting a major disaster. Police said the parcel contained a time bomb set to explode at 7 a.m. when office employes would be arriving for work.

The youngster, who was not immediately identified, noticed the paper and cellophane-wrapped parcel in the Generali Building in downtown Jerusalem at 5:30 a.m. and reported it immediately to police headquarters a short distance away. Sappers dismantled the bomb and police began a search for the perpetrators. They said the bomb was probably planted by terrorists who intended the blast to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Israel’s Declaration of Independence. The Generali Building is a government office block with shops on its ground floor.

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