NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 17, 1972
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(Studio) General Mohamad Oufkir, Moroccan defense minister, commits suicide following assassination attempt on King Hussan. Rebel Air Force pilots strafe royal jet as it returned from France and bomb royal palace. King uninjured.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Rabat, Morocco) Hassan, pretending to be a mechanic, radioed attackers that King was badly wounded. When rebels saw they had been tricked, they attacked airport where reception was underway. Them planes bomb palace. Hassan outsmarts rebels. Plot crushed by loyal army. 9 Air Force officers arrested, 2 flee to Gibraltar. Oufkir commits suicide because of faulty security, or because he was involved in plot.
REPORTER: David Weber
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