TEL AVIV (Dec. 2)
The two terrorists who murdered a Circassian man and wounded his wife in Rihaniya village Saturday night, were trained for their murder mission in Lebanon, Israeli authorities said today. The pair, residents of the administered territories, crossed the border into Lebanon illegally only three months ago for intensive instruction in the use of weapons and explosives, Israeli sources said.
Police, who reconstructed the crime based on the testimony of eye-witnesses said that the victim, 35-year-old Subhi Moussa was shot when he tried to grab the weapon of one of the terrorists. His wife was wounded in the same burst of fire which also hit the terrorist’s companion. Mrs. Moussa is recovering in Safad Hospital. Israeli authorities said she would receive monthly payments to support herself and her children in addition to the compensation provided to victims of terrorist assaults.
The Moussa family was attacked in the mistaken belief that they were Jewish and that Rihaniya was a Jewish village. Defense Minister Shimon Peres said last night that the terrorists did not know where they were. “Their orientation in topography was very limited” he said.