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France Seeks Four Terrorists in Oceanliner Attack

February 28, 1992

PARIS (AP) _ A French judge Thursday issued arrest warrants for four members of the Abu Nidal terrorist group in connection with the 1988 attack on a Greek oceanliner that killed nine people, judicial sources said.

Investigating Magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguiere issued a warrant for Samir Mohamed Ahmed Khadar, 41, thought to head the radical Palestinian group’s terrorist operations, the sources said on condition of anonymity.

Warrants also were issued for Adnan Zosad, thought to have been aboard the vessel at the time of the attack, Abdel Ahmid Amoud and Mehri Mehieddine.

Terrorists hurled grenades and opened machinegun fire on passengers on the City of Poros off the coast of Athens on July 11, 1988, killing nine, including three French citizens, and injuring 98 people, 34 of them French.

Greek police identified weapons used in the attack as coming from arms shipments bought by Libya, which has in the past harbored Abu Nidal.

The four men are charged with voluntary homicide and attempted voluntary homicide, according to the sources.