Two men in a passing car threw a bomb at a crowded, cut-rate clothing and textile store in Paris today, setting off an explosion that killed five people and injured more than 60. At the same time, the French government found itself embarrassed by a poster campaign designed to track down the terrorists who have plagued Paris for nine months.
The bombing came a few hours after French officials, in a dramatic act unseen in Paris since the days of the Nazi occupation in World War II, started putting up the first of 200,000 posters offering a 1-million-franc ($150,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of the two men pictured on them-Lebanese brothers accused of taking part in the bombing campaign in order to blackmail France into releasing their older brother from jail.
Police said 5 were dead, 11 seriously injured, and the rest, about 50 persons, injured less seriously. In all, since the campaign began nine months ago, the bombs have killed 10 persons and injured almost 300. In the past 10 days, the terrorists have attacked a post office at the Paris City Hall, a cafeteria in a shopping center, a restaurant on the Champs-Elysees and the drivers' license bureau at Paris police headquarters.