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Terrorist Tragedy Averted

An alert policeman was credited today with preventing another terrorist attack in Jerusalem that could have resulted in heavy civilian casualties.

The officer noticed a suspicious-looking bag in the Givat Shaul quarter on the western outskirts of the city. He summoned police sappers who found that the bag contained a powerful explosive device which they dismantled safely.

The last terrorist assault in Jerusalem occurred on April 2 when three terrorists opened fire and hurled grenades on King George Avenue near Jaffa Road, the city’s busiest intersection, wounding 48 persons. Armed civilians at the scene killed one terrorist and captured another. The third was captured by police.

Security authorities praised the civilian population for its swift reaction to these incidents but urged everyone to be constantly on the alert.

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