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Fresh suspect in Sydney bombing cold case

A comfit of the woman police say was linked to the attacks.
A comfit of the woman police say was linked to the attacks.

THIRTY years after terrorists attempted to blow up Sydney's Israeli Consulate and a Bondi club, police have uncovered new evidence to link the attack with a fresh suspect believed still to be hiding out in Australia.

The cold case investigation into the bombings was re-opened and codenamed Operation Forbearance after police discovered the gas cylinders had been stolen from the NSW Rail Authority and matched a number plate from a 1970 green Ford Falcon sedan, stolen from the southern suburb of Kogarah, to the car containing the device which exploded under the Hakoah Club.

Police had already released comfits of two male suspects and had travelled to the US to speak with convicted terrorist Mohammed Rashed, who is behind bars for the bombing of a Pan Am flight the year the Sydney bombings took place.

This week it was revealed a woman had also been linked to the attacks.

Counter terrorism chief, Detective Superintendent Wayne Gordon, told reporters on Monday the woman had attended a dealership at Parramatta Rd on December 22, 1982 and paid off the Chrysler Valiant sedan used in the Hakoah Club bombing.

He said the introduction of the woman into the case and confirmation of the gas cylinders' origin formed "key pieces of the jigsaw" which was finally coming together.

"I can only repeat that it was luck more than anything else that no one was killed in these bombings, and while it is almost 30 years ago we know there are people out there living with the knowledge or guilt of these crimes," Det Supt Gordon said

"We are applying modern technology and techniques to a historical crime and we are progressing confidently."

Two people were injured when a bomb, targeting the Israeli Consulate in Sydney's Westfield Towers, exploded in a stairwell the Thursday before Christmas.

That same evening a second bomb planted in the Chrysler sedan exploded - but failed to detonate properly - in the car park under the Hakoah Club.

The attackers have been linked to the May 15 terrorism group of which Mohamed Rashed is a member.

Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  bomb, police, sydney



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