Arrest Warrant Issued For Abu Nidal’s Operations Officer
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Swedish prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for a purported terrorist of the Abu Nidal organization but he is believed to have been killed in Greece last month, a newspaper said Friday.
Police suspect Samir Mohammed Khadar, a Palestinian who had lived in Sweden since 1986, died in a bomb explosion July 11 in Piraeus, the port of Athens, hours before a terrorist attack on a cruise ship in which nine people were killed.
News reports said Khadar planned the attack on the ship City of Poros. He was said to be operations officer for the Abu Nidal group, which issued a statement disclaiming responsibility.
Prosecutor Torsten Jonsson issued a warrant for Khadar in the murder of a Swedish passenger because positive identification of Khadar’s body was not possible, the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reported.
His office said Jonsson was not available for comment this weekend.
Krister Hansen, a Security Police officer, told the national news agency TT ″we are 90 percent sure that Khadar is dead.″
He said police learned Khadar lived in Sweden only after the ship attack in Greece and a subsequent raid led them to an arms cache in a forest. Newspapers said documents seized by police linked Khadar to other terrorist attacks.
Hansen told the news agency Sweden has become a base for international terrorists, who can conceal themselves among the thousands who seek political asylum here.
″Sweden is popular because of our open society,″ he said. ″It’s easy to enter the country illegally, to stay here under a false identity and its easy to leave without border controls.″