VIENNA (Jan. 22)
The Arab Mohammed Boudia terrorist group had tried to establish bases in Europe several times, the Austrian newspaper, “Die Presse,” said yesterday. Three members of the terrorist group attacked an El Al plane Sunday and were flown out of France after the release of their 10 hostages.
In January, 1973, Austrian police arrested three members of the group who planned to attack a train with Jewish emigrants on their way from the Soviet Union to Israel. The terrorists stayed in a Vienna hotel and opened contacts with Austrian right-wing circles. They were convicted for illegal entry. Another member of the Mohammed Boudia group was arrested in Italy after escaping from Austria. Italy deported the three men to Austria, which extradited them to Arab countries along with the others.
After the six men disappeared, Austria was the site for new operations of Arab terrorists in September, 1973 when three terrorists attacked the Jewish emigrant transport station at Schoenau. Austrian police sources called it “at least possible,” that the Algerian national Mohammed Boudia, had worked out the operation plan for the Schoenau attack, Boudia died later in a bomb explosion in Paris. According to the director of the Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna, Simon Wiesenthal, the Mohammed, Boudia terrorists were also responsible for blowing up part of the tap-pipeline in Trieste almost two years ago.