Attempted Assassination of the Israeli Ambassador in London, 1982

Who attempted to assassinate the Israeli Ambassador to Britain in 1982?

On June 3, 1982, the Israeli Ambassador in Britain, Shlomo Argov, was shot as he was leaving a diplomatic affair at the Dorchester Hotel in the center of London. The terrorists fired a burst from a sub-machine gun at him, wounding the 52-year-old father of three in the head. The ambassador survived but was completely paralysed.


Argov was a man of immense intellect, who represented his country in Nigeria, Ghana, the United States, Mexico and Netherlands before his assignment to Britain in 1979.

Three terrorists were apprehended and charged with the crime: Hussein Sa'id, Marwan Al-Bana and Nawef Rusan. They were identified as members of Abu Nidal's Fatah Revolutionary Council (FRC), a Palestinian splinter group of extreme terrorists. The three were tried and sentenced to 30-35 years imprisonment. In addition, Ali Farra was the head of external intelligence for the FRC at the time and was probably involved in planning the attack, although he has not been apprehended.

In 1999 an investigative report by the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz said that a British agent was inside the Abu Nidal cell that attempted to kill Ambassador Argov and that he had told his handlers about the plan but they did not respond effectively.


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