France issues warrants for 3 suspects in 1982 Jewish restaurant attack

This file picture dated Aug 11, 1982, shows the interior of the Chez Jo Goldenberg restaurant two days after it was devastated by an attack by gunmen that threw a grenade into the restaurant and shot at customers with sub-machine guns, killing six cu
This file picture dated Aug 11, 1982, shows the interior of the Chez Jo Goldenberg restaurant two days after it was devastated by an attack by gunmen that threw a grenade into the restaurant and shot at customers with sub-machine guns, killing six customers and injuring 22 others. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - France has issued international arrest warrants for three men suspected of involvement in a deadly attack on a Jewish restaurant in Paris in 1982, a judicial source told AFP on Wednesday.

The three suspects who live in Jordan, Norway and the West Bank were named as part of the long-running investigation into the attack on the Chez Jo Goldenberg restaurant that left six people dead and 22 injured.

The attack began around midday on August 9, 1982 when a grenade was thrown into the busy restaurant in the Marais district, a popular and largely Jewish neighbourhood in the centre of Paris.

Two men then entered the restaurant, which had around 50 customers inside, and opened fire with machine guns.

Overall, between three and five men are thought to have taken part in the attack, which was blamed on the Abu Nidal Organisation, a Palestinian militant group.

They opened fire on passers-by as they escaped down the street, using "WZ-63" Polish-made machine guns.

The suspects are a 59-year-old living in Ramallah in the West Bank, a 56-year-old in Norway and a 62-year-old in Jordan.

Their warrants were issued on February 20, the judicial source said, by counter-terrorism judge Marc Trevidic who is now overseeing the investigation.