1980 Antwerp summer camp attack

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In 1980 Antwerp summer camp attack, on 28 July 1980, Said Al Nasr, a Syria-born Palestinian, used grenades to attack a group of 40 Jewish children waiting with their families for a bus to take them to summer camp. One boy was killed and 20 other people were wounded in the attack, the attacker was caught.

Attack[edit]

The attack took place outside the Agoudath Israel cultural centre, the group of children, aged 10 to 14, originating from Britain, France, the Netherlands, Austria, and Belgium, were accompanied by their families as they waited to board a bus to take them to a summer camp in the Ardennes hills of southern Belgium.[1] The explosion killed one boy, 15-year-old Parisian David Kuhan, and wounded 20, aged 13 to 27, eight of whom had to be hospitalized,[1] including a 13-year-old Belgian girl with critical brain injuries and a pregnant woman.[2]

The attacker was arrested after witnesses chased him down; in addition to the thrown grenades, he was carrying a pistol and "several magazines of ammunition" that had not used in the attack.[2]

The attack was among a number of anti-Jewish attacks worldwide in the early 1980s.[3]

Perpetrator[edit]

Al Nasr is a Syrian-Palestinian, was convicted in Belgium in 1980, for throwing two hand grenades into a group of Jewish children waiting for a bus in Antwerp on July 27, 1980.[4] He was carrying a Moroccan passport at the time of his arrest.[2]

In 1990, the jailed Al Nasr was "traded" for part of the Houtekins-Kets family, a Belgian-French family kidnapped in Libya—a demand of the Abu Nidal group—during the Silco incident.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jewish youth dies in blast of grenade". The Globe and Mail. 28 July 1980. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Arab Held in Fatal Attack On Young Jews in Belgium". Washington Post. 28 July 1989. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Jewish Targets: Recent Attacks: Chronology". New York Times. Associated Press. 7 September 1986. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Mickolus, Edward (1989). International Terrorism in the 1980s: 1980-1983. Iowa State University Press. p. 71. 
  5. ^ "FREED HOSTAGES 'IN BELGIAN HANDS' FAMILY HEADS HOME AFTER PALESTINIAN GUERRILLA LEAVES PRISON NEAR BRUSSELS". Orlando Sentinel. Reuters. 13 January 1991. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 

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