Dummy Bombs Carried Into Haifa-area Malls

Security personnel failed to detect dummy bombs smuggled into several Haifa-area malls during a police exercise yesterday.

The exercise took place just three days after police foiled a terrorist attack at Haifa's Lev Hamifratz shopping center.

Police sappers smuggled vehicles loaded with suspicious objects into several shopping malls, escaping detection at every location.

Recreating the scenario from last Saturday's failed bombing attempt, the sappers drove into the mall parking lots with large bags containing objects resembling explosives in the trunks of their cars. Dummy landmines and detonators for the explosives were placed behind the drivers' seats.

Coastal District police chief Roni Atiya said police were disappointed at the failure of the exercise.

Supervisors from the security companies in question have been summoned to a hearing at the Zevulun regional police headquarters today.