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2 Terrorists in the Jerusalem Assault Had Been Held, Questioned and Released by Police a Day Before

Two of the surviving terrorists captured after Monday’s guns-and-grenades shoot-out in downtown Jerusalem had been detained and questioned — and released — by Jerusalem police only a day before the terrorist assault that wounded 48 persons, the police confirmed today.

The police gave no further details. But two unconfirmed versions of the incident are making the rounds. According to one, the men were questioned after a clerk at a car rental agency became suspicious when the pair, posing as Lebanese businessmen, made detailed inquiries about the city streets. He called the police.

The second story has it that police detained the men on the basis of information from an informer who recently came from Lebanon. In any event, the police questioned them, checked their papers and let them go.