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Terrorism / Vienna, Rome / Aftermath #94014

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 30, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld

(DC) White House press spokesperson Larry Speakes' remarks on administration's reaction to last week's terrorist attacks at Vienna and Rome airports quoted on screen. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - echoes Speakes' sentiments.] State Department said leaving military retaliation to Israel. [REDMAN - accuses Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal of organization attacks.] Nidal thought currently in Libya; his schism with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat reviewed. Scenes shown.
REPORTER: John McWethy

(Studio) FBI director William Webster's warning to United States citizens traveling overseas regarding spate of terrorism assaults outlined.
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld

(Rome, Italy) Rome funeral today for terrorist victim Natasha Simpson noted; scenes, photos shown. Info. gathered from Rome and Vienna attacks linking Nidal with Libyan dictator Muammar el-Kadhafi detailed; amount allegedly received by Nidal from Kadhafi, accord to German newspaper quoting Israeli source on Nidal's group the Al-Fatah Revolutionary Council, noted. Scenario leading to Vienna and Rome attacks outlined, discussed. Confession of Rome terrorist Mohammed Sharam claiming attack was in revenge for Israeli raid on PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) headquarters in Tunisia, considered. [Austrian assistant interior minister Andreas RUDAS - believes terrorists meant to take hostages in Vienna; elaborates.] Italian Prime Min. Bettino Craxi quoted.
REPORTER: Pierre Salinger

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Probability of Israeli retaliation to Rome and Vienna attacks discussed; scenes shown. [Defense minister Yitzhak RABIN - notes prolonged war against terrorism is being considered.] Factors inhibiting operation against Nidal explained. [Prof. Ariel MIRARI - feels Israel will solve technical problems preventing retaliation.]
REPORTER: Bob Zelnick

McWethy, John;
Salinger, Pierre;
Threlkeld, Richard;
Zelnick, Bob

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