Charles Pasqua, minister of the interior and one of the Cabinet officers who had declared only a few months ago that the government of Premier Jacques Chirac would "terrorize the terrorists," rushed to the scene and announced that witnesses had furnished police with a description of a fleeing suspect.
The terrorist group, which calls itself the Committee of Solidarity with Arab and Middle Eastern Prisoners, has claimed responsibility for a bomb that exploded in the post office at the City Hall on Monday and for a series of other bombings at public places in Paris this year. In all, three persons have been killed and more than 100 injured.
[Georges Ibrahim Abdallah] is also charged with complicity in the killing of an American military attache and an Israeli diplomat almost four years ago, and his release would infuriate the U.S. government. Abdallah, in fact, is widely believed to be the leader of the Lebanese Revolutionary Army Faction that has claimed responsibility for the murders.