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The Father of the Israeli Envoy Who Was Slain in Cairo Was Hanged in Iraq in 1967 for Being a Zionis

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Albert Atrakchi, the Israel Embassy administration attache in Cairo who was assassinated Tuesday on his way from his home in the Mahdi suburb to the Embassy, was the son of an Iraqi Jew hanged in Iraq after the Six-Day War for being Zionist “and like his father Yaacov, Albert was a faithful and dedicated servant of the State,” Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir said at his graveside yesterday.

Albert Atrakchi, who was laid to rest in the military section of the Kiryat Shaul cemetery, had served in the Israel Defense Force for 10 years before being posted some months ago to the Embassy in Cairo as an administrative attache.

Israeli correspondents in Cairo report that the Egyptian police have been working strenuously and efficiently in the search for Atrakchi’s murderers. They have already found the red Fiat car which the assailants drove and in which they made their getaway after the shooting, together with the weapon they used in the attack.

Osana Ali, the owner of the car, has been arrested, and police have found finger prints both in the car and on the weapon.

An organization calling itself the “Egyptian Revolution” has claimed responsibility for the attack and said that it had previously carried out an attack on Zvi Kedar, shot in the hand in Cairo over a year ago in a little-publicised incident. The group said it was carrying out attacks on “agents of the Israeli intelligence service” in Cairo.

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