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Terrorism / Rome, Vienna / Aftermath #93974

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Dec 29, 1985
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(Studio) Developments given in Rome, Italy, and in Israel in aftermath of terrorist attacks on airports in Rome and Vienna. Tentative link of terrorists with Palestinian Abu Nidal noted.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Rome, Italy) Remarks of Pope John Paul II with regard to terrorism quoted. Memorial service for victims of Rome incident noted. [United States ambassador Maxwell RABB - comments.] Details given with regard to investigation of Rome incident and of stmts. by surviving terrorist, Mohammed Sharam. Photo shown. Similarity between this incident and other recent incidents noted, include bombings of Rome cafe and British Airways office and hijacking of Achille Lauro ship. Scenes shown. Surviving gunman reported to claim member in Palestinian group headed by Abu Nidal.
REPORTER: Hal Walker

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Briefing given to Israeli cabinet reported Apparent plans for reprisal noted. [Israeli cabinet minister Moshe ARENS - comments.] Israeli blame of attacks on Abu Nidal faction cited. Background of group given; photos shown. Support from Libya's Colonel Muammar el-Kadhafi and its headquarters location in Syria mentioned. [Terrorism expert Ariel MERARI - claims Syrian backing is primary for Abu Nidal's group.] Possible confrontation between Israel and Syria due to Syrian missiles in Lebanon and Israeli retaliation attempts stated. Scene shown from NBC. [Israel defense minister Yitzhak RABIN - comments.] United States statement to Israel mentioned.
REPORTER: Bob Zelnick

(Studio) Further comments by Rabin quoted. Report with regard to Palestinian terrorist squads in Europe detailed, include links of squads to Kadhafi and Abu Nidal.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Donaldson, Sam;
Walker, Hal;
Zelnick, Bob

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