Italian police announced on Saturday (19 Aug.) they had arrested 2 Arabs held responsible for an attempt to blow up an Israeli airliner last Wednesday with the unwitting help of two British girls.
GV PAN..EXTERIOR..Central Police Headquarters
SCU PAN..INTERIOR..arrested student Ahmed taken by police from lift and along corridor (2 shots)
SV PAN..Arrested man Hashem taken by police from room into cell (2 shots)
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Background: Italian police announced on Saturday (19 Aug.) they had arrested 2 Arabs held responsible for an attempt to blow up an Israeli airliner last Wednesday with the unwitting help of two British girls.
The men were identified as Zaid Ahmed, 24, a student from Iraq, and Adnam Mohammed Hashem, from Jordan. They were arrested in a Rome street after the two girls had given some snapshots to the police.
The Rome police Chief, Giuseppe Parlato, said the two men had admitted knowing the girls, Ruth Watkin and Audrey Walton, and to giving them a record player, which police believe contained a bomb. But police sources said the two Arabs denied knowing there was a bomb inside.
The airliner was rocked by an explosion in the luggage-hold soon after take-off and although it was damaged, it managed to return to Roma.
SYNOPSIS: Central Police Headquarters in Rome, where two Arabs were taken on Saturday after their arrest on suspicion of trying to blow up an Israeli airliner.
The airliner had just taken off from Rome on Wednesday when a bomb - believed placed inside a record player - exploded in the luggage-hold. The plane was damaged but managed to return to Rome. Later, two British girls told police the record player was theirs -that it had been given them by two Arabs with whom they had an association, in Rome. They showed police snapshots of the men. Two men later arrested in a Rome street were identified as Zaid Ahmed, from Iraq and Adnan Mohammed Hashem from Jordan. Rome's Police Chief, Giuseppe Parlato, said later the two men had admitted knowing the girls and to giving them the record player. But police sources said both men denied knowing there was a bomb inside it.
The two British girls visited police headquarters and identified the men as the ones they said had given them the record player.