Two Arab Gunmen attacked the office of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation in the Pakistan federal capital, Islamabad, on Saturday (5 August), killing four people.
Two Arab Gunmen attacked the office of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation in the Pakistan federal capital, Islamabad, on Saturday (5 August), killing four people. The incident followed a week of violent clashes involving the PLO and Iraq. On Monday (31 July) the Iraqi embassy was raided in Paris and two men died in a gun-battle between French police and iraqi security guards. On Wednesday (2 August) a gunman and a policeman died during an attack on the Iraqi consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, and on Thursday (3 August) two PLO officials were killed during a raid on their Paris office.
SYNOPSIS: The latest attack happened at the PLO office in a quiet residential district of Islamabad. The gunmen killed a Pakistani policeman, Mehfooz Khan, on duty outside the building, when he attempted to search the bags they were carrying. Leaving Mr. Khan dying on the street they entered the office and began firing indiscriminately with machine guns.
Within a few minutes the gunmen had shot dead a Palestinian student Omar Khanefur and the Palestinian radio operator, Saad Abusmassah. They then killed a Palestinian commando, Mohammed Hussein, by throwing a grenade over the back garden wall as they made their escape. The PLO's chief representative in Islamabad, Yousuf Abu Hantash, was in the building but survived unscathed because the gunmen missed his office.
Police have launched a massive search for the killers, who eye-witnesses claim, spoke with Iraqi accents. Mr. Hantash has blamed Iraq for the attack but the Iraqi Ambassador, Ahmed Zafar Al-Gailani has denied his country was involved. After the lightening raid, Police sealed off airports, set-up road blocks and checked hotels. The bodies of the dead Palestinians were returned to Beirut where the PLO headquarters issued a statement accusing Iraq of the killings.