NBC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 16, 1989
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Montreal, Canada: Robert Hager) British investigators reported determining that bomb on Pan Am flight 103 was hidden in radio cassette player; details recalled of crash in Lockerbie, Scotland. [During international aviation conference in Canada, British transportation minister Paul CHANNON - comments on investigation.] Illus. shown of how bomb was hidden in radio. Bomb hidden in cassette player recalled exploding in Tokyo, Japan, airport in 1985. [Federal Aviation Administration administration T. Allan McARTOR - warns United States airlines to inspect election devices.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Ahmed Jabril reported suspected of planning bombing of plane; details given of Jabril's ties to Syria and Libya. Report introduced.
(DC: Fred Francis) Jabril noted leader of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command. Jabril noted pledging to undermine PLO leader Yasir Arafat's moderate stance on Israel. West German police recalled arresting some of Jabril's followers last October in Frankfurt, West Germany; explosives confiscated compared to evidence found in debris of Pan Am plane. [PFLP-GC spokesperson Talal NAJJI - denies role in bombing.] Jabril's threat to United States and Israel quoted on screen. Israeli sources quoted with regard to Jabril.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Iran's Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini recalled ordering his followers to kill Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses". Report introduced.
(London, England: Peter Kent) Sec. alert in Great Britain discussed; details given, scenes shown. British Airways flight to India noted delayed after company receive bomb threat. [For. secretary Sir Geoffrey HOWE - criticizes Khomeini.] European Parliament statement quoted on screen. [Arab League ambassador Hamadi ESSID - says he is shocked by Khomeini's actions.] Death sentence noted following Rushdie for remainder of his life.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Iranian ambassador to Vatican quoted with regard to Khomeini's order.