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On Wednesday, the suspected organizer of the 1982 attack on a Jewish restaurant in Paris was arrested in Jordan, according to local authorities. Earlier this year, Zuhair Mohamad Hassan Khalid al-Abassi, known as “Amjad Atta” had an international arrest warrant placed on him by French officials. Although between three and five men carried out the attack, only three men received official warrants.
The 1982 Paris attack was carried out on the Chez Jo Goldenberg Jewish restaurant, a crowded dining area in the Marais district in Paris. On August 9, 1982, three to five gunmen entered the restaurant, during the lunch crowd, and threw a grenade into the restaurant with around 50 people inside. Afterwards, they began firing at the crowd with “WZ-63” Polish-built automatic machine guns. As the men left the restaurant, they also shot at people fleeing through the street. Six people were killed, and 22 more were injured during the attack.
The 1982 Paris attack was said to be carried out by the Abu Nidal Organization, a ruthless Palestinian-minded militant group. The two other suspected attackers, Mahmoud Khader Abed Adra and Walid Abdulrahman Abu Zayed have yet to be captured.
By Alex Lemieux
Yahoo News: Suspected mastermind of 1982 Paris Jewish restaurant attack held in Jordan: legal source
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