Attack against Christians
January 15, 1984
A Russian Orthodox nun “miraculously” escaped injury, January 15, when a booby-trapped
Israeli army-issue hand grenade exploded as she opened the door of her flat at the Ain
Karem convent. The explosion, which resembles nearly a dozen other attacks against
Christian and Muslim religious institutions, was attributed by the Israeli police to the Israeli
“Terror Against Terror group (TNT).
The bomb went off at 9.00 a.m. The nun said she heard a sound like a stone dropping as
she opened her door, followed by a hissing. She immediately ran around a corner before
the grenade exploded. The force of the explosion blew the door to pieces.
The grenade, the same type issued by the Israeli army, was apparently booby-trapped in
the same way as bombs in TNT attacks-the safety pin was removed and the handle
fastened under a stone. An Israeli officer later told reporters that the nun had “ miraculously
West Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek attacked Israeli officials saying, “not everybody is
taking this matter seriously.”
Last spring, two Russian Orthodox nuns were stabbed to death by an American. The man is
said to be undergoing psychiatric tests in Israeli custody.
Israeli police sources say they suspect the as yet unfound Israeli TNT terrorist group, but no
responsibility has been claimed. The group has been held responsible for at least 14 bomb
attacks in various parts of the West Bank, including the bombing of Christian and Muslim
institutions in Jerusalem, Azariya and Hebron. One nun and three mosque imams have
been injured in TNT attacks.