BRITAIN: The Bombs of Summer

Though Northern Ireland's all-pervading violence has seldom spilled over to London, such isolated outrages as the bombing last spring of the Old Bailey court building have made Londoners aware of the potential for serious trouble. Last week that potential was realized. First a rash of 17 mini-bombs sowed confusion across the swank West End. Only six exploded, none doing serious damage. One that was detected and defused turned up at No. 10 Downing Street inside a book on Composer Gustav Mahler mailed anonymously to Prime Minister Edward Heath, a Mahler devotee.

Then larger bombs appeared. A plastic sack containing three...

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