Terrorist Tragedy Averted

A Katyusha racket primed to fire into downtown Jerusalem was spotted by an alert passerby this morning and safely dismantled by police sappers. Only last Friday a bomb wrecked the interior of a Jewish-owned restaurant in East Jerusalem, injuring 16 persons, none of them seriously. In another incident Friday, a bomb found attached to the rear of a bus in the Tiberias central bus station was safely dismantled.

The rocket-launcher was positioned on a hill in southeast Jerusalem near United Nations headquarters. The passerby reported to police that he saw a suspicious-looking object resembling a gas container. The area was cordoned off while sappers dismantled the rocket and border police searched for additional launchers and clues.

The bomb target in East Jerusalem was the popular Dolphin restaurant that specializes in sea food. Two weeks ago a hand grenade was tossed in front of the building but caused no injuries or damage. Last Friday, however, one person sustained moderate injuries. The injuries to the other 15 were described as slight. The restaurant, which opened after the Six-Day War, has a loyal following and was back in business yesterday with the usual crowd of patrons.

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