Police searching for would-be assassins for Jordanian Ambassador to London Zaid Al-Rifa'i, today (Thursday, December 16) interrogated three people who were taken off aircraft bound for Beirut at London and Gatwick Airports.
LV BOAC aircraft on tarmac -- passengers descending
SCU Passengers in lounge with police-woman (2 shots)
MV Car carrying suspect (with coat over head) arrives at police station (2 shots)
Police van bring other two detainees arrives at station (3 shots)
MV PAN Passengers re-embarking into aircraft
CU Pilot in cabin and LV aircraft onto runway (2 shots)
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Background: Police searching for would-be assassins for Jordanian Ambassador to London Zaid Al-Rifa'i, today (Thursday, December 16) interrogated three people who were taken off aircraft bound for Beirut at London and Gatwick Airports. The three -- a Palestinian couple and a man -- were later said to be free to leave the country.
The detentions were made police continue to spread the dragnet in search for the two men who yesterday (Wednesday) blasted the Ambassador's car with machine gun fire as he drove to his Embassy. The story of the attack serviced yesterday at 37 feet. PROD NO. 14863/71, U.K. JORDANIAN AMBASSADOR VICTIM OF ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT IN LONDON
SYNOPSIS: A Beirut- bound aircraft at London airport on Thursday, was stopped minutes before take off and all passengers made to disembark. Later it was announced that two palestinians -- a man and a women -- had been taken off by police carrying out the investigation into the previous day's assassination attempt on Jordanian' Ambassador zaid Al-Rifa'i. Another man -- taken from a plane at Gatwick airport -- was also driven to police headquarters a few minutes before the arrival of the van carrying the couple. No details were available about the detainees -- but the extremist Black September organisation in Beirut has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Four hours after the aircraft had ben stopped, it was again given clearance to depart. The three detainees were not aborad, although police indicated that they were merely being questioned and would later be free to leave the country.