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Public Told to Be on Alert for Booby-trapped Wine Bottles

Israeli security services have warned the public to be alert for booby-trapped wine bottles in the guise of holiday gifts. Travellers going abroad were specifically warned against accepting wine bottles from strangers ostensibly for delivery to a probably fictitious address in a foreign country.

According to security sources, the latest lethal device concocted by terrorists is an innocent-looking wine bottle in a straw basket. The space between the bottle and basket is filled with explosives and glass splinters. The activating mechanism is a small pin which may be inadvertently pulled, sending deadly shrapnel in all directions, security sources learned. The public was also alerted to be wary of wine bottles sent to them as holiday gifts from unknown sources.

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