LONDON (Jan. 24)
A bomb was thrown into the Israeli Hapoalim Bank here this morning injuring one employe and causing some interior damage. Police cordoned off the area and are looking for a suspect described as a dark-haired man about six feet tall wearing horn-rimmed glasses who “looks like a European.”
According to witnesses, the suspect appeared in the doorway at 11 a.m. and threw the bomb behind a counter. The injured employe, identified as Janet Kipling, in her early twenties, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The explosion blew a hole in the wooden floor and flying debris caused other damage. No customers were in the bank at the time. Police said the bomb was a plastic grenade wrapped in a brown colored package measuring 9×4 inches. The special bomb squad was called in to aid in the investigation.
British troops meanwhile stepped up their three-week security patrols around London’s Heathrow Airport against possible terrorist attacks. Airport workers reported that soldiers were checking their credentials well outside the airport’s boundaries for the first time since the security alert was called. The troops also manned a 50-foot tower owned by a private company a mile from the airport but under the main flight path.