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10 Prison Inmates Wounded by Blast

Ten inmates of the Beersheba prison were wounded last night, two of them seriously, when a hand-made grenade exploded in a corridor of the prison’s criminal wing. Security prisoners are held in another wing and were not affected by the blast. Prison authorities attributed the incident to a settling of old scores in the overcrowded jail.

There have been several cases of stabbings with homemade knives but this was the first case of the use of explosives. The grenade was made of nails, bits of glass and metal scraps packed into a tin, with explosives smuggled in from outside.