PARIS (Apr. 6)
French counterintelligence has arrested eight men believed to be terrorists planning to blow up El Al and TWA airliners. The police have refused to pinpoint the date of the arrests and said that one of the group was a Lebanese, another a Frenchman known for his pro-Palestinian leanings, and the rest “came from the Middle East.”
Police say that documents found at the time of the arrests show that the group was also planning to carry out individual attacks against various Israeli personalities in France as well as against Arab representatives considered by them as “hostile to the Palestinian cause.”
Police have found three hand grenades and an unspecified amount of explosives and are searching for additional weapons which, they say, the group has hidden in the vicinity of Paris.