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WALES: Hain recalls letter bomb terror.

Byline: By MARK HOOKHAM Parliamentary Correspondent

PETER Hain yesterday told how he was almost "blown to smithereens" by a letter bomb sent to assassinate him.

The Welsh Secretary claimed South African security services attempted to use an explosive device to kill him in the early 1970s.

Mr Hain, a leading anti-apartheid campaigner, opened the huge bomb at his home in south west London South West London could mean:
  • South West (London Assembly constituency)
  • South West London Strategic Health Authority
  • SW sector of the London postal districts
  • South West London, an informal designation

Informal divisions of London
, but it failed to detonate det·o·nate  
intr. & tr.v. det·o·nat·ed, det·o·nat·ing, det·o·nates
To explode or cause to explode.

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Explosive experts who later defused the device told him it would have killed him, his parents and his sister and destroyed their home.

Mr Hain said his own terrifying experience made him appreciate the fear of staff caught up in the latest letter bombing campaign.

A serial letter bomber has struck seven times over the last three weeks, injuring nine people.

The latest attack on Wednesday, at the Office of the Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority in Swansea, near Mr Hain's Neath Neath (nēth), Welsh Castell-nedd, town (1981 pop. 48,687), Neath Port Talbot, S Wales, on the Neath River. Neath is both a market and an industrial town. Metallurgy and a growing petrochemical industry are important.  constituency, injured four people.

The Secretary of State said the DVLA DVLA Brit Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

DVLA n abbr (BRIT) (= Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) → organismo encargado de la expedición de permisos de conducir y matriculación de vehículos
 attack was "deeply shocking" and described the terror campaign as "extremely worrying".

He added: "I say this from my own experience because I received a letter bomb in June 1972 from the South African security services.

"There was a technical fault in it but the bomb squad who descended on our home told me that it would have blown not just myself, my mum and dad to smithereens but our entire house.


Peter Hain: 70s letter bomb target
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 9, 2007
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