• Short Summary

    Police in Japan raided several houses Friday (2 June) in search of evidence linking the lone surviving gunman of the raid on Lod Airport in Israel with the Japanese United Red Army and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

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    Police in Japan raided several houses Friday (2 June) in search of evidence linking the lone surviving gunman of the raid on Lod Airport in Israel with the Japanese United Red Army and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

    The survivor of the raid that killed twenty-six people has been identified in Tel Aviv as Kozo Okamoto, aged 24, an agricultural student in the southern Japanese city of Kumamoto.

    While police were searching his house, Yasuo Okamoto talked to newsmen about what his son had done. He said he wanted to commit suicide to accept responsibility for the massacre.

    For Mr. Okamoto, a re??? school headmaster, this was a second tragedy, Another son, Takashi, was one of nine ??? hijacked a Japanese airliner at sword-point to North Korea in 1970.

    The police confiscated a number of letters allegedly written by Kozo in the search of his fathers home.

    In Kyoto, police raided the house of a friend of Kozo Okamoto, but all they found were some postcards sent from Beirut last February. Tokyo police also searched a third brother's apartment in Tokyo.

    SYNOPSIS: Kozo Okamoto is the only gunman to survive the raid on Lod Airport last week. In Japan Kozo lived in this house in Kumamoto City. His father, Yasuo Okamoto still lives here. Since the Lod tragedy this house has been the object of some curiosity.

    On Friday police searched the house looking for evidence linking Kozo Okamoto with the Japanese United Red Army and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. A number of letters of letters were confiscated by police.

    While the police were searching Kozo's belongings, Yasuo Okamoto talked to newsmen about what his son had done. He said he wanted to commit suicide to accept responsibility for the massacre.

    Japanese police are carrying out various raids throughout Japan. They are trying to discover what future threat can be expected from the group responsible for the Led disaster, that left twenty-six dead.

    In Kyoto, police raided the house of a friend of Kozo Okamoto. All they found were some postcards sent from Beirut, Lebanon last February. Kozo left Japan in April for Lebanon where he reportedly trained for eight weeks before the attack.

    The Police are being careful about these searches, because Kozo has admitted that the other Japanese helped set up the raid on Led Airport. Interpel has also warned that there may be other such raids. Police in Tokyo also searched the apartment of Kozo's brother.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3FCCWCPPC4LCBMACSQ665RDK6
    Media URN:
    VLVA3FCCWCPPC4LCBMACSQ665RDK6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/06/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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