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Terrorists Held for Questioning in Killing of U.S. Nurse

January 18, 1972
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Fifteen suspected terrorists were arrested for questioning in the Gaza Strip today following an ambush attack on a private car last night in which an American nurse was killed and an American Baptist minister and his daughter were wounded. The victims were Miss Mavis Pate, 46, of Ringgold, La., who died of bullet wounds in the head, and Edward Nicholas, 49, of Austin, Texas and his daughter, Carol, 17, who were treated for injuries at Beersheba Hospital.

The car which Nicholas was driving was peppered with machine gun bullets near the Jabaliya refugee camp. Police said it was apparently mistaken in dusk for a military vehicle. Defense Minister Moshe Dayan visited Nicholas in the hospital last night as a widespread manhunt was launched by Israeli authorities for the attackers.

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