6 Held in Murder of Moroccan
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6 Held in Murder of Moroccan

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Norwegian police arrested today six suspects, including an unidentified Israeli and two Jews, in connection with the murder last Saturday of a 30-year-old Moroccan, Ahmed Boushicki, who was allegedly linked to the Scandinavian branch of the Black September movement.

Boushicki, a restaurant worker was shot down on a street in the Norwegian town of Lille-hammer. Police initially thought the slaying was connected with drugs but were reported today to believe it was “part of the Israeli-Arab conflict,” transported to Scandinavia.

(Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem said they knew nothing about the identity of the suspects or the shooting.)

Norwegian Prime Minister Lars Korwald has denounced the slaying. One of the Jewish suspects is Danish and one Swedish. The Norwegian police announced later that the Israeli, whose identity they refused to disclose, would be formally booked on murder charges.

Police have imposed a strict check on airports and harbors, and are checking all motor vehicles leaving the country. Oslo sources told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that Norwegian security forces apparently want to prevent other suspects from leaving the country.

(In Paris, late this evening, the French radio reported that the wrong man may have been shot. According to radio commentators, police sources in Oslo were quoted as saying that Boushicki was apparently unconnected with the Black September movement and that he may have been a victim of mistaken identity. In Rome, three months ago, an Italian employee of El Al was also mistakenly shot when an Arab terrorist mistook him for an Israeli official with a similar name and build.)

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