6 Suspects Held in Connection with Bomb Explosion in Tel Aviv Cinema
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6 Suspects Held in Connection with Bomb Explosion in Tel Aviv Cinema

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Police are questioning six suspects in connection with the explosion of a small pipe bomb in a Tel Aviv movie house, Cinema I, last night. Three patrons were slightly injured by the blast and an usher was trampled in the stampede to leave the theater. All were treated and released from the hospital today.

Police described the device as a ten-centimeter pipe filled with explosives activated by an electric trigger attached to the pipe with adhesive tape. It was apparently small enough to escape detection by the civil defense wardens who search all persons entering movie theaters. The makeshift bomb was planted in the last row.


Meanwhile, a military tribunal in Lod imposed a 22-year prison sentence on a convicted terrorist from Nablus, Louis Nafw Abdu, who was charged with attempting to plant a bomb at Ben Gurion Airport last July 18. An accomplice, Ahmed Ya Yish, will be sentenced next month. Abdu was allegedly recruited by El Fatah while studying at the Beirut University last year and underwent intensive training with fire arms and explosives. He smuggled explosives and detonators into Israel with the help of his father, a horse dealer, the tribunal said.

Another terrorist, Moustafa Mouhammed of the El Turkman tribe, was given a 12-year prison sentence by a military tribunal in Jenin yesterday. He was injured while preparing a bomb. A six-year prison term was imposed earlier on Mahmud Ghazlim of Yafiah village in Israel, who was allegedly recruited and trained by Mouhammed and served as his accomplice.

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