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Israel: Woman hid grenade with baby

By wire services
Published October 23, 2005

NABLUS, West Bank - A Palestinian woman was found Saturday hiding a hand grenade under her baby during an arrest raid, an Israeli army officer said.

But the woman, Aziza Jawabra, said she didn't know the grenade was in her pocket.

The grenade discovery was made while soldiers searched a house in the town of Assira a-Shimaliya, north of Nablus in the West Bank. Soldiers arrested five fugitives, including Jawabra's husband, Lt. Col. Arik Chen said. The troops also found 22 pounds of explosives hidden in a suitcase in the house, he added.

In a separate incident in the West Bank, Israeli soldiers shot and killed an 18-year-old Palestinian suspected of planting a bomb on a road not far from the city of Ramallah, the army said.

Near Nablus, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian gunman Friday after he fired on a military patrol in a West Bank town, the army said Saturday.

Elsewhere ...

EGYPT: Thousands of police manned barricades around Christian churches in Alexandria on Saturday, a day after Muslim rioters attacked churches and shops, leaving four people dead in the country's worst religious violence in five years. Clashes with rubber bullet-firing police killed two rioters and two policemen, police and hospital officials said Saturday. At least 90 people were injured. The violence followed a week of protests over the distribution of a DVD of a play deemed offensive to Muslims. Islamic leaders accused Copts of releasing the DVDs, but political leaders and security officials said Islamic extremists distributed them to tarnish a Coptic Christian candidate running in parliamentary elections.

POLAND: Warsaw's conservative mayor and a probusiness lawmaker will compete in a runoff election today to choose a president to guide this new European Union member through crucial decisions, including how long to keep Polish troops in Iraq and whether to overhaul welfare protections.

[Last modified October 23, 2005, 01:21:14]

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