France: Top suspect in 1982 attack on Paris arrested
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.