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Mideast / Tel Aviv Shootings #20848

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 31, 1972
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(Studio) 25 persons killed, 78 wounded in terrorism at Tel Aviv airport. Many victims were Puerto Ricans, members Christian pilgrimage to Holy Lands. 2 of 3 Japanese guerrillas, hired by Palestinian Arabs to carry out attack, also dead. Israel may retaliate. Israeli P. Min. Golda Meir says Lebanon responsible as Beruit is headquarters for most Arab terrorist organization
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Toll of dead and wounded, highest since 6-day war of 1967. Defense Min. Moshe Dayan arrives at airport to survey confusion resulting from massive slaying. [Min. of Transport, Shimon PERES - describes catching 3rd Japanese terrorist.] [Eyewitness, Michael MARCUS - describes caring for dead and wounded.] Israeli army searches area for more terrorists. Israel's tight airport security no match for such terrorism.
REPORTER: Russell Jones

(DC) Terrorists apparently belong to Sekigun, or Red Army faction, a radical left-wing group. Even Chinese government considers then an embarrassment. Earlier this year the small band got involved in internal ideological struggle, ending with political moderates being tortured to death. Japanese police cornered 5 of group on nation near Tokyo, Japan. Shoot-out, televised live, resulted in death of 2 police, capture of Sekigun members A few years ago, same group hijacked Japanese airliner to N. Korea.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

Jones, Russell;
Koppel, Ted;
Reasoner, Harry

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