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At Least Four Reported Held in General’s Murder

April 23, 1987

ROME (AP) _ An American-born woman and at least three other people have been arrested in the killing of a general who promoted an Italian role in the U.S. ″Star Wars″ defense project, Italian media reported Thursday night.

Gen. Licio Giorgieri of the Italian air force was assassinated in Rome on March 20 and the leftist Red Brigades terrorists claimed responsibility. He was known as the country’s Star Wars expert for his work in seeking Italian research contracts for the project, officially known as the Strategic Defense Initiative.

State-run RAI television and the news agencies ANSA and AGI said the arrests were made in recent days in Turin and elsewhere in northwestern Italy. AGI said four people were arrested, but ANSA gave the number as ″at least six.″

Police offices in Rome reached by The Associated Press said they had no information to release about the matter.

The suspects were being transferred to Rome for interrogation by Domenico Sica, a leading anti-terrorist prosecutor, according to the reports.

ANSA and RAI television identified one of those arrested as Helen Cudd, 36. They said she was born in New York and now lived in Grimaldi near the border with France.

All the reports said the arrests resulted from an investigation that followed the capture of two Italian terrorist suspects April 7 in Barcelona, Spain.

AGI said investigators suspect Italian terrorists have links with the French terrorist group Direct Action and the Basque separatist movement ETA in Spain.

Giorgieri, 61, was shot to death by two men on a motorcycle while being driven home from work.

Anonymous telephone callers and leaflets delivered to news organizations claimed responsibility for the Union of Fighting Communists, a Red Brigades faction.

Two alleged members of the group, arrested after a shootout with Rome police Jan. 22, were charged last month with an unsuccessful attempt on Giorgieri’s life Dec. 15.

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