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German-born Mystery Man Fingered in Attack on Emigres in Budapest

A German-born mystery man may have played a key role in the car-bomb attack on a busload of Israel-bound immigrants from the former Soviet Union in Budapest on the morning of Dec. 23.

Although the German federal police, BKA, have released little information, they do acknowledge getting a request from Interpol, the international criminal information exchange agency, to trace a man identified as Winfried Robert Georg Hamdaker, supposedly born in Bonn.

Someone with documents bearing his name rented a Fiat Tipo car, which, it is now believed, was filled with explosives and blown up by remote control when the bus passed it en route to the airport from the Budapest railway station.

Two Hungarian police officers were seriously injured by the blast. The immigrants, who have since arrived in Israel, were unhurt.