FRANKFURT, West Germany -- Palestinian terrorists affiliated with the notorious Abu Nidal carried out a bombing at Frankfurt airport three years ago that killed three people and injured 74, officials said Thursday.
Hans-Juergen Foerster, spokesman for the Federal Prosecutor's Bureau, said an investigation by a special police commission confirmed suspicions that Abu Nidal, considered one of the most dangerous terrorists, was behind the June 19, 1985 attack.
Foerster said a commando called the Commitee for Foreign Operations - a branch of Abu Nidal's Fatah Revolutionary Council -- planted the bomb in the departure terminal, killing a Portuguese man and two Australian children and wounding 74 others.
A West German newspaper, the Frankfurter Neue Presse, had reported Abu Nidal was linked to the airport attack and said the police commission also learned the Libyan Embassy in Bonn knew the attack would take place.
'The trail followed by the special commission also led to Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi,' the Frankfurt newspaper said. 'His regime was involved. The investigation showed that the Libyan People's Bureau in Bonn, as the embassy is called, had knowledge of the attack. But it can not yet be established if the embassy participated in its preparation or execution.'
Foerster said he could not confirm the newspaper's report of Libyan involvement. Abu Nidal broke with the more moderate Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat to form a Libyan-backed terrorist group called the Arab Revolutionary Brigades, 'the most dangerous of the Middle Eastern terrorist organizations' by one U.S. descripti
Aal name is Sabri Al-Banna, launched his group in 1974 with Iraqi backing. In 1980 he switched allegiance to Syria, with which his group maintains close ties, experts say. But Libya has been his main sponsor since 1984.
Wednesday, Greek officials and an Arab intelligence source blamed gunmen working for Nidal for the July 11 terrorist attack on the Greek cruise ship City of Poros. They said the attack, which left nine people dead and 80 wounded, was carried out with weapons traced to Libya and staged to curry favor with Iran.
The Arab source said the ship attack was meant to avenge the deaths of 290 Iranians killed when an Iranian jetliner was shot down in the Persian Gu'f by the USS Vincennes.