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5 Injured in Bomb Explosion

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A shrapnel bomb exploded in a Petach Tikva supermarket this afternoon injuring five people. Police announced that 10 Arabs have been detained for questioning. some of whom were in the supermarket at the time of the blast. The market reopened later after a visit to the scene by the regional military commander and senior police officials.

According to police experts, the bomb was a crude device consisting of explosives, a battery and a clock which activated the charge. It contained nails to inflict maximum casualties. Police said the bomb was concealed in a nylon handbag placed near the entrance to the supermarket where shoppers deposit their parcels.

Two traffic patrolmen issuing parking tickets in the vicinity were the first to arrive on the scene. They summoned ambulances and closed the entrances to the market. Some of the injured were shopping at the time and others were hit by flying glass outside the market. All were expected to be released from hospitals later tonight. The supermarket suffered minor damage except for a large show window that was shattered.

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