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    Explosives experts have been examining dozens of letter-bomba found in the mail in Bombay. Some?

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    Explosives experts have been examining dozens of letter-bomba found in the mail in Bombay. Some of the deadly letters passed through the Indian postal service before this latest spate of guerrilla murder-by-mail activity was discovered.

    One letter-bomb exploded in the London office of a Jewish diamond merchant, who is seriously ill in hospital and has maimed hands. Another failed to explode when opened in another Jewish business, and several more were handed to British police after a general alert. The letters intercepted in Bombayi bore addresses in the United States, France, Canada and Chile as well as the United Kingdom. The addresses on the British bombs appeared to have been taken from the "Zionist Year Book"---a London publication listing names and addresses of Jewish individual and businesses.

    Indian investigators noted that all the letters posted in Bombay were heavily overpaid---indicating that whoever posted them might have been unfamiliar with Indian Postage rates.

    The bombs are envelopes---not much thicker than ordinary communications---containing explosives which are detonated by a spring released by opening. Jews likely to receive the bombs have been warned not to put them ink water, as this could lead to the envelope opening and the explosive being activated. Heavy Pressure can also explode the letters, and it is thought the guerrillas responsible have put the stamps on before priming the bombs for added safety. An Indian postal worker was injured when one of the bombs exploded in a sorting office. International investigators have attributed the campaign to the Black September group of Palestine extremists.

    SYNOPSIS: In India several dozen letter bombs have been discovered, many of them at the Colobe post office in Bombay. They were taken to a local police station to await export examination.

    The letters were designed to explode on opening.

    They were addressed to Jews in several countries. Some had left India before the new letter-bomb campaign was discovered. One exploded and injured a Jewish businessman in London. Many more were found in Britain, addressed to people and businesses listed in a Jewish year-book published in London.

    An explosives expert examined the devices, which can also explode through pressure.

    There's enough explosive in each letter to kill a man--and an israeli diplomat died during a previous spate of murder mailings. The current batch were heavily overstamped, indicating they might have been posted by someone unfamiliar with Indian postal rates. The Black September Arab extremists have been blamed.

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