JERUSALEM (Jan. 5)
Jerusalemites were called upon to exercise maximum alertness and caution today after a small explosive charge went off in the Mahane Yehuda marketplace and two other small bombs were dismantled before they could explode in other sections of the city. The Mahane Yehuda blast caused no casualties.
The bomb was placed on a paint can, concealed among egg cartons, and when it went off, paint and eggs flew far and wide. But a plateglass window nearby remained undamaged, showing, according to police experts, that the charge was only a small and primitive one, probably a half-kilo of gunpowder.
The Mahane Yehuda blast occurred at 11 a.m. 90 minutes after police found and dismantled a booby-trapped grenade at the Jaffa Gate, one of the main entrances to the walled Old City. Soon after, police were called in to dismantle another gunpowder charge in a carton of eggs discovered by a shopkeeper outside his King George Street store in downtown West Jerusalem.