WEST BERLIN — A Libyan diplomat stationed in East Germany is suspected of directing the weekend bomb attack on a West Berlin nightclub frequented by U.S. servicemen, a West Berlin official said today.
The official confirmed a report in the Hamburg-published Bild newspaper which said Elamin Abdullah Elamin, 47, is "urgently suspected of orchestrating the bomb attack on the Berlin discotheque La Belle."
"This report is correct," said a West Berlin Interior Ministry official, who is in a position to know but spoke on condition he not be named.
The blast killed a U.S. serviceman and a Turkish woman.
Bild said Elamin first worked in the Libyan People's Bureau, or embassy, in Bonn and was transferred to the embassy in East Berlin last year.
The newspaper telexed its report, which will appear in its Wednesday editions, to newspapers here this afternoon.
U.S. accuses Libya, Page 8.