PARIS (Jan. 4)
A pro-Palestinian militant, shot to death by two unidentified gunmen in the Latin Quarter last night, was identified as Mahmoud Ould Saleh, 38, from Mauritania. He managed an Arab book store and was a supporter of the extremist Palestinian “rejection front,” a group that refuses any compromise with Israel. The killers escaped. The Palestine Liberation Organization today accused “Zionist agents” of murdering Saleh as part of “a huge plot to liquidate the Palestinian revolution.”
Police said Saleh was gunned down while he was closing the shutters of the book store. He was the fourth Palestinian extremist killed in Paris since 1972 when the PLO’s representative in France. Mahmoud Hamshari, died when a booby-trapped telephone exploded in his home. Saleh temporarily took over Hamshari’s duties until the appointment of Ezzedine Kalak, manager of the PLO information and liaison office here.
Kalak himself narrowly escaped death when a time bomb, concealed in a parcel, was defused before it exploded. Other Palestinians slain here in recent years were Algerian-born Mohamed Boudia, an El Fatah militant who was blown up in his car, and Basil Kubaisi, who was shot to death in a street.