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Guerrillas wound 50 in heart of Jerusalem

Three Arab guerrillas hurled hand grenades and sprayed submachine-gun fire at crowds in Jerusalem's main intersection Monday, wounding about 50 people before being captured. One gunman died after storekeepers and passers-by drew pistols and fired back. The two other suspects were captured, police said.

The attack came just before 10 a.m. local time when King George Street, where the attack occurred, was crowded with shoppers and tourists. Police said 48 people were wounded, two seriously.

Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir vowed Israel would hit back with all severity ''at those who carried out this attack and those who sent them.''

But Interior Minister Yosef Burg told reporters police had not established whether the guerrillas were Palestinians or pro-Iranian Shiite extremists. Both Abu Nidal and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibilty for the attack, according to wire service reports.

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