France: Top suspect in 1982 attack on Paris arrested

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PARIS — The Paris prosecutor’s office says the top suspect in a 1982 attack at a deli in the heart of the French capital’s Jewish quarter has been arrested in Jordan.

Spokeswoman Agnes Thibualt-Lecuivre said Wednesday the suspect was arrested on June 1. She described Souhaur Mouhamad Hassan Khalil Al-Abbassi as the “supervisor” of the attack.

Palestinians burst into the Jo Goldenberg deli on Aug. 9, 1982, throwing grenades and spraying machine-gun fire in an attack that shook Paris, especially the Jewish community. Six people, including two Americans, were killed, and 22 injured.

Al-Abbassi is one of three suspects in the attack sought by French authorities. Thibault-Lecuivre said France is requesting his extradition, but could not say how long the process of bringing the suspect to France would take.