Italy arrests Libyan man wanted for 1986 disco bombing
August 27, 1997
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ROME (CNN) -- A Libyan man wanted in the 1986 bombing of a Berlin discotheque has been arrested in Rome, police said Wednesday.
Eter Abulgasem Musbah, 40, was arrested Tuesday night at the request of German authorities, who want to try the man in connection with the bombing, in which two U.S. soldiers and a Turkish woman were killed.
Officials of Italy's national investigative branch said Musbah would be extradited to Germany.
Three other people, two Libyans and one Italian, were also arrested Tuesday for helping Musbah evade capture. They will face prosecution in Italy.
German prosecutors have indicted five people for that attack on the La Belle disco, in which 230 people, including 60 Americans, were also injured.
One of those indicted confessed and agreed to help investigators, and Berlin police later tracked Musbah down through intercepted telephone conversations, according to Italian police.
After the April 5, 1986 bombing, U.S. warplanes made two retaliatory air raids on the Libyan cities of Tripoli and Bengasi, killing at least 15 people.
Rome Bureau Chief Gayle Young contributed to this report.