France Issues Warrants for Suspects in Kosher Restaurant Attack

Palestinian, Norwegian and Jordanian wanted over attack in 1982 by Palestinian Abu Nidal terrorist group which left 6 dead.

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France has issued international arrest warrants for three men suspected of involvement in a deadly attack on a Jewish restaurant in Paris in 1982, a judicial source told AFP on Wednesday.  

The three suspects who live in Jordan, Norway and "the West Bank" were named as part of the long-running investigation into the attack on the Chez Jo Goldenberg restaurant that left six people dead and 22 injured.  

The attack began around midday on August 9, 1982 when a grenade was thrown into the busy restaurant in the Marais district, a popular and largely Jewish neighborhood in the center of Paris.  

Two men then entered the restaurant, which had around 50 customers inside, and opened fire with machine guns.

Overall, between three and five men are thought to have taken part in the attack, which was blamed on the Abu Nidal Organisation, a now-defunct Palestinian terrorist group.

They opened fire on passers-by as they escaped down the street, using "WZ-63" Polish-made machine guns.

The suspects are a 59-year-old living in Ramallah in Samaria, a 56-year-old in Norway and a 62-year-old in Jordan.  

Their warrants were issued on February 20, the judicial source said, by counter-terrorism judge Marc Trevidic who is now overseeing the investigation.