Explosive Charge Found, Defused Near Jerusalem City Hall

A large explosive charge concealed in a paint can was found in downtown Jerusalem this morning and was defused by police. The can aroused the suspicion of a passerby during the morning rush hour in Zahal Square near City Hall and the Old City walls. All Jerusalem residents have been warned to be on the alert following a wave of terrorist incidents in and around the city over the Shavuot weekend. In one such incident a suspected terrorist sustained self-inflicted wounds when an explosive charge detonated last night as he was planting it in the Ramot Eshkol district.

Security sources disclosed, meanwhile, that 69 suspected terrorists were detained during the last few days in the Jenin area of the West Bank, The suspects are believed to represent four separate terrorist organizations including Israeli Arabs, Large stocks of arms, ammunition and explosive charges were seized by the army and police. The arrests represented the largest round-up of terrorist suspects on the West Bank in recent months, security sources said. The investigation of terrorist activities is continuing.

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