WASHINGTON — A State Department official who demanded anonymity today discounted a reported Syrian link to the terrorist bombings of the La Belle discotheque and an Arabian friendship society in West Berlin.
West German authorities said two Arabs have confessed they obtained explosives from the Syrian Embassy in East Berlin to bomb the German-Arab Friendship Society in West Berlin on March 29. (Story, Page 20.)
One of the men is Ahmed Hasi, a key suspect in the April 5 disco bombing that killed an American serviceman and provoked U.S. bombing raids on Libya nine days later.
The State Department official who requested anonymity said the U.S. government has reached no conclusions on the March 29 bombing and noted that the bombed Arab friendship society has links to Syria.