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Hand Grenade Thrown At Sex Shop In Jerusalem

January 8, 1989

JERUSALEM (AP) _ An assailant, apparently an observant Jew, hurled a hand grenade at a sex shop in downtown Jerusalem on Sunday, witnesses and Israel radio said.

There were no injuries, but the Red Point shop, on the third floor of a central shopping center, was damaged in the blast, Israel radio said.

″A bearded man looked into my store, saw that it was full of customers and went to the second shop. Some thirty seconds later, we heard an explosion,″ Yossi Turgeman, the owner of another sex shop nearby, told the radio.

Turgeman said the assailant, who managed to escape, was wearing a yarmulke, or a traditional skullcap of observant Jews.

Police later arrested one suspect, the radio said. It reported that the attacker used an army-issued fragmentation grenade.

On Dec. 30, police found five incendiary bombs in the mostly Orthodox Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak and linked the explosives to ultra-Orthodox Jews opposing the sale of secular newspapers, which they consider pornographic.

The next day, several incendiary bombs of the same type were found along the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway. In addition, two kiosks selling secular newspapers were recently set ablaze in an Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood, the radio said.

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