HC Deb 21 January 1965 vol 705 cc113-4W
63. Mr. Fisher

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement about the recent terrorist attacks in Aden, which caused the deaths of a British school-girl and an Aden police inspector.

Mr. Greenwood

On 23rd December, a grenade was thrown into the house of a British officer where a party was being held. A girl was killed, two boys and an Arab servant received injuries which required hospital treatment, and a British officer was also injured. On 25th December an Arab inspector of police was killed, while sitting in his car, by an automatic weapon fired from a passing car, and an Arab boy standing by received wounds from which he later died.

The authorities have not yet succeeded in arresting the persons responsible for these attacks. However, on Cairo radio responsibility for both attacks was claimed for the so-called National Liberation Front, an organisation established in Cairo and having the support of the U.A.R. Government.

The House will, I know, wish to be associated with the expression of sympathy which I have already conveyed to those who were bereaved or injured in these cowardly attacks. It is clear from public statements made by local Ministers and by what was said to me during my recent visit to South Arabia that the campaign of terrorism of which these incidents form a part is unreservedly condemned by the general population of Aden.

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