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Police Defuse Grenades Aimed At Iraqi Embassy

June 21, 1986

VIENNA, Austria (AP) _ Police on Saturday defused two rocket-propelled grenades aimed at the Iraqi Embassy 29 minutes before their scheduled ignition by an alarm-clock timer, police reported.

They said the grenades, 1 1/2 feet long, were found on a wall separating a subway station from Vienna’s central Stadtpark.

″The target was the Iraqi Embassy″ 200 yards away, said a police official who, in keeping with Austrian custom, did not give his name.

No one claimed responsibility for setting up the grenades that were positioned on a sand-filled white plastic bag. The grenades bore inscriptions in English, but police declined further comment on their origin.

A passer-by noticed the grenades and alerted police who sealed off the area, stopped the operation of a subway line for two hours and temporarily closed some nearby roads, the official reported.

He said a bomb disposal expert arrived at the site and defused the grenades in six minutes - 29 minutes before the timing device was set to detonate them.

The Austria Press Agency quoted unidentified police officials as saying the alarm clock was running 25 minutes late. It said the alarm was set to go off at 1:30 p.m., and at the time the grenades were defused at 1:26 p.m., the clock was at 1:01 p.m.

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