The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, January 14, 1997, Page 3, Image 3

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    Letter bombs
force U.N.
By Robert H. Reid
Associated Press
bombs discovered at U.N. headquar
ters Monday forced the evacuation of
scores of people.
Authorities said at least one of the
bombs was addressed to the U.N. bu
reau of an Arabic-language newspa
Earlier Monday, a bomb exploded
at the London headquarters of the
same newspaper, Al-Hayat. It injured
two mail clerks, one seriously. Police
blew up two other suspicious pack
Both bombs at the U.N. were con
tained in greeting card-sized enve
lopes, U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard
said. One addressed to the newspaper
was found about 11 a.m., about 15
minutes before it would have been
delivered to the newspaper’s offices.
U.N. security guards started in
specting all the mail, and discovered
the second bomb later in the basement
mail room.
After the first discovery, guards
evacuated the second and third floors
of the 38-story U.N. headquarters,
along the East River in Manhattan,
and summoned the New York City
bomb squad. The basement mail room
and delivery area were evacuated af
ter the second discovery.
me pasi pauern is uiai mese
things come in groups, so we will be
looking for at least a third one,”
Eckhard said. He did not say whether
the second letter was also addressed
to Al-Hayat.
The Al-Hayat’s U.N. correspon
dent, Raghida Dergham, said she
alerted U.N. authorities to screen her
mail carefully after bearing of the
London explosion.
“We at Al-Hayat really don’t know
who is behind this,” Dergham, presi
dent of the U.N. Correspondents As
sociation, added. “There are no indi
cations to suspect any particular
Khairallah Khairallah, managing
editor of Al-Hayat in London, also was
“We don’t see any reason why this 4
is happening,” he said. The newspa
per is owned by members of the Saudi
royal family, however, and unrest has
increased in recent months in the
Eckhard said the incident may
have been the first time a live bomb
had been received at the United Na
Ill Mother Tferesa
will step down
CALCUTTA, India (AP) —
Mother Teresa reportedly will step
down as head of The Missionaries of
Charity, an order she founded 47 years
Henry D’Souza, Calcutta’s arch
bishop, made the announcement Mon
day after a long-time friend said
Mother Teresa confided last month
that she wanted to retire because of
health problems.
Mother Teresa has led the order
since founding it in 1950. She tried to
step down in 1990, but the other nuns
re-elected her anyway. The friend,
Sunita Kumar, said Mother Teresa
believes her followers will yield to her
wishes this time.
A vote for mother superior will be
held Feb. 2, D’ Souza said.
Mother Teresa continued to suffer
pain in her spine Monday stemming
from arthritis and osteoporosis. Dr.
Devi Shctty said the pain was not a
cause for concern, and is not unusual
for someone of Mother Teresa’s age.
The 86-year-old nun’s heart, lungs and
kidneys were functioning well, he
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