Suspects identified in deadly 1982 Paris Jewish deli attack

File picture dated August 11, 1982 shows people standing in front of the Jo-Goldenberg restaurant rue des Rosiers in Paris, two days after it was devastated in an attack by Palestinian gunmen. (photo credit: AFP/ JOEL ROBINE)

PARIS (AP) — More than 32 years after a deadly terror attack in Paris’ old Jewish quarter, French authorities have at last identified three suspects and are seeking their arrest.

Grenade-throwing Palestinians burst into the Jo Goldenberg deli on August 9, 1982, and sprayed machine-gun fire. Six people, including two Americans, were killed, and 21 injured. The restaurant, which has since closed, was a centerpiece tourist attraction in the famed Marais neighborhood.

Paris prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said Wednesday that international arrest warrants have been issued for the three suspects — now aged in their late 50s and early 60s — who were believed to be members of the Abu Nidal group.

She says they are believed to be in the Palestinian territories, Jordan and Norway but declined to identify them by name, citing protocol…


Better late than never?

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  • Exile1981

    So did they get the names from the Lebanese Canadian that was extradited last fall?

  • Bill Hodson

    Doesn’t matter how long it takes. Hopefully will give France some impetus to bring back the guillotine. Would be truly fitting these days.

  • Protocol, my Aunt Fanny!

    They are not too old to face justice.

    Why would anyone blow up a Jewish deli? Have they even tasted a corned beef sandwich with yellow mustard and a Kosher dill? That stuff is life-changing!