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Terrorism / Rome and Vienna Airports #301506

CBS Evening News for Friday, Dec 27, 1985
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(Studio) Terrorist attacks at Rome and Vienna airports noted. Target said apparently ticket lines at Israel's airline, El Al.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Rome, Italy) Details given with regard to terrorist attack at Rome airport. Witnesses' descriptions quoted. [Elizabeth City, North Carolina, resident Mark MALAND - describes scene,] [Journalist, and mother of victim, Daniela SIMPSON - describes experience of searching for family; says they lost daughter, Natasha.] [Photo of Natasha Simpson, en route to New York City with family, shown. 1 other American said killed, but uniden. Confusion in situation noted. [Schenectady, New York, resident Shari RUOFF - comments.] Police investigation of terrorists noted linking them to other terrorists and to other attacks in Rome. Scenes shown of earlier airport bombing. Note found on slain terrorist quoted, include comments re: Zionists and Palestinians.
REPORTER: Richard Roth

(Vienna, Austria) Details given with regard to attack in Vienna airport and police chase of terrorists as they tried to escape. [WITNESS - describes scene.] Halt of terrorists' flight near Austrian village reported PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) representative in Vienna said denying involvement; Austrian government reaction stated. [Austrian foreign minister Leopold GRATZ - comments.]
REPORTER: Lem Tucker

(Studio) Other American killed in Rome attack identified as John Buonocore of Wilmington, DE. Israeli reaction noted; official's remarks quoted. Difficulty of retaliation noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Tel Aviv, Israel) [WITNESSES - describes scene in Vienna.] Israel view with regard to PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) denial of involvement stated. [Defense minister Yitzhak RABIN - comments.] Past Israeli retaliation against Palestinian sites in Lebanon noted; scenes from July 1984 shown. Difficulty of such action now said due to Syria's missiles in Lebanon. Israeli buildup in Golan Heights mentioned. [RABIN - comments with regard to Israeli methods of dealing with situation.] File scenes shown. Power of Syria President Hafez al-Assad noted having effect on Israeli decisions. [Tel Aviv Univ. spokesperson Itamar RABINOVICH - comments.] Earlier outlook for peace talks among Israel, Palestinians, Lebanon and Syria recalled.
REPORTER: Bob Simon

(Studio) Spanish radio station noted receive telephone call in which responsibility for Rome and Vienna attacks claimed by terrorist group of Palestinian Abu Nidal. Group's link to November Egypt Air hijacking in Malta mentioned.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Reporter(s):
Rather, Dan;
Roth, Richard;
Simon, Bob;
Tucker, Lem
Duration:
00:07:20

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