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Paris restaurant attack: Man arrested over 1982 killings

File picture dated 11 August 1982 shows people standing in front of the Jo Goldenberg restaurant in Rue des Rosiers in Paris, two days after it was devastated by an attack Image copyright AFP
Image caption A grenade was launched inside the restaurant and gunmen opened fire on customers

The main suspect in a deadly attack on a Jewish restaurant in Paris in 1982 has been arrested in Jordan, French prosecutors have said.

A police spokeswoman described Souhaur Mouhamad Hassan Khalil al-Abbassi as the "supervisor" of an assault on the busy Jo Goldenberg eatery.

France is requesting his extradition, but prosecutors could not say how long the process would take.

Six people died and 22 were injured in the gun and grenade attack.

Al-Abbassi, 62, is one of main suspects being sought by the authorities in connection with the killings.

In March, French media said arrest warrants had been issued for three men living in Norway, Jordan and the occupied West Bank.

They are believed to have been members of a group led by Palestinian militant Abu Nidal, which was active in the 1970-80s.

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Image caption Six people died in the attack on 9 August 1982

The Abu Nidal group was blamed for a series of attacks across the world, which left at least 900 people dead.

Its leader - whose real name was Sabri Banna - died in Iraq in 2002, after reportedly taking his own life.

The Jo Goldenberg restaurant was popular among members of the Jewish community and became famous as a symbol of resistance to anti-semitism.

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