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January 01, 1986

The gunman who survived the Rome airport attack said he is one of 300 fighters from Palestinian refugee camps being trained with Libyan backing for suicide attacks on European airports, Italian police sources reported. Mohammed Sarham, 19, said a Lebanese-based training program had the support of "(Libyan leader Moammar) Kadafi and perhaps Syria," according to the sources. Eighteen people, including five Americans, were killed and more than 100 wounded in near-simultaneous attacks at the Rome and Vienna airports Friday. Four of the seven terrorists were among the dead.

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