Crime History: Black September bomb plot fails in New York after car bombs towed

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On this day, March 4, in 1973, Khalid Duhham al-Jawari parked three cars with homemade bombs in Manhattan to coincide with the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir.

The plot failed when two of cars were towed for being parked in no-standing zones, and the bombs did not detonate. Fingerprints and other materials in the cars were linked to al-Jawari and to the Black September terrorist group, which killed 11 members of the Israeli team at the 1972 Olympics in Germany.

Al-Jawari was captured in Germany in 1979, but was released before the FBI learned of his arrest. In 1991, he was caught in Rome, extradited to New York, convicted and sentenced to 30 years. He was released to Sudan in 2009.

- Scott McCabe

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