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Israel postal service suspended after letter bomb was found

By Andrew Moran     Feb 22, 2010 in World
Migdal Hameq - The Israeli postal service has been suspended after at least one letter bomb was found. All of the nation's primary post offices will be searched and investigated to make sure there aren't any more bombs.
On Monday, a suspicious envelope was found in the northern town of Migdal Haemeq by an unidentified woman who went to the post office to pick up her mail and noticed wires sticking out of her mail, according to BBC News. In the mean time, postal service will be stopped for a period of time and all of the country’s main post offices will be searched to make sure there aren’t any more bombs.
The suspension of postal service includes requesting packages at branches, mail sorting and service. However, the Israel Postal Authority later verified that the shutdown of the service only relates to parcels and not letters, reports the Yeshiva World News.
“We are not distributing any mail at the moment, nor taking in any mail because we want to protect public safety,” said Avi Hochman, the Director of Israel Postal Services.
All postal service employees are instructed and urged to thoroughly examine all items with extreme caution. Employees and citizens are also urged to alert the proper authorities if anything uncommon is noticed.
Police spokesperson Mickey Rosenfeld said, “A woman in Migdal Haemek received two envelopes - she opened one and saw some suspicious things in it. The police arrived with bomb experts and a preliminary check confirmed this was indeed an explosive envelope.”
According to Israel National News, details of the investigation have been kept quite clandestine by court order and signs have been hung outside of post offices saying customers will not be able to receive packages or registered mail due to a “security problem.”
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