International Terrorism

Archive Report

Political Violence in the 1970s

Concern Over Rising Terrorist Activity

Among the 86 hostages freed in a West German commando raid on a hijacked Lufthansa airliner in Somalia last October were a woman and her five-year-old son from Santee, Calif. A number of Americans were aboard a Japan Air Lines jet hijacked to Bangladesh earlier that month. On Sept. 10, 1976, a New York-to-Chicago jet was commandeered by five Croatian nationalists. Although none of the 81 passengers was injured, a New York City police officer was killed by a bomb left by the hijackers in Grand Central Station. On Sept. 21, 1976, Ronni Karpen Moffit, a 25-year-old fund-raiser for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., was killed along with co-worker Orlando Letelier, a former ...

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