France: Top suspect in 1982 attack on Paris Goldenberd restaurant arrested

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

By: Associated Press | Paris | Updated: June 17, 2015 10:00:09 pm
France, paris, paris news, paris attack 1982, 1982 attack, 1982 paris hotel attack, 1982 paris attack accused, 1982 attacker arrested, paris attack in hotel, europe news, international news FILE – This Aug. 9, 1982, file photo shows a police officer looking at an injured man being carried away on a stretcher from the scene of a terror attack at Jewish restaurant and deli Jo Goldenberg in Paris, France. (Source: AP)

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

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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.

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