JERUSALEM (Feb. 11)
Two terrorists deported from Israel may have been involved in the Feb. 4 fatal attack on an Israeli tour bus in Egypt, Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin told the Cabinet on Sunday.
Their names were not made available, but Rabin appeared to be referring to Mohammed Mahajneh and Assad Tamimi.
Mahajneh was released in a 1985 prisoner exchange with Ahmed Jabril’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command. He was deported to Lebanon three years later.
Tamimi was deported in 1970, for involvement in terrorist activities.
Nine Israelis and two Egyptians died in the bus attack, and 18 Israelis were wounded.
President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt has put his recently appointed interior minister, Abdul Halim Mousa, in charge of the investigation. It is Mousa’s first major job after three years of near exile in the southern Egyptian town of Asyout.