NBC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 29, 1988
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(Studio: Connie Chung) President-elect George Bush quoted with regard to terrorists who planted bomb on Pan Am flight 103. [BUSH - comments on justice.] Report introduced.
(London, England: Rick Davis) Radical factions of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) reported suspected of bombing Pan Am plane; Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader Ahmed Jabril mentioned. [PFLP General Command spokesperson Talal NAJJI - denies responsibility for bombing.] Syria noted ordering Jabril to confine his terrorist acts to Israeli targets. [Institution for the Study of Terrorism spokesperson Bernard ADAMCZEWKI - says Libya may have hired Jabril.] Intelligence analysts quoted with regard to possible connection between Pan Am plane bombing and US' opening of diplomacy dialogue with PLO; PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat's recognition of Israel's statehood recalled. [Ex-CIA official Miles COPELAND - believes that terrorist Abu Nidal ordered bombing.] Investigators noted also examining possibility that Iranians bombed plane in retaliation for US' downing of airbus in Persian Gulf.