BEIRUT — A statement purported to be from two underground groups claimed today that they caused the crash of an airliner in Mexico four days ago to retaliate for U.S. action against Libya. All 166 people on the plane were killed.
The typewritten Arabic statement signed by the Arab Revolutionary Brigades and the Egyptian Revolutionaries was left outside the offices of news organizations in Muslim West Beirut. It was accompanied by a photograph of a man it claimed was "suicide martyr" Mohammed Mustafa Mohsen Mashour. But it did not say how the man purportedly caused the mountainside crash of the Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727.