1981 Vienna synagogue attack

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The 1981 Vienna synagogue attack was a terror attack on the Stadttempel of Vienna, Austria carried out by Abu Nidal Organization.[1][2]


The machine-gun and grenade attack killed two people and wounded thirty attending a Bar mitzvah service at the Stadttemple in Vienna on August 29, 1981.[3] Two Palestinian gunmen, Marwan Hasan, 25 years old, of Jordan, and Hesham Mohammed Rajeh, 21, born in Iraq, were convicted of murder and attempted murder. Rajeh was also indicted for the May 1 slaying of Heinz Nittel, head of the Austrian-Israel Society.[3]


  1. ^ Terrorist Group Profiles, DIANE Publishing, 1989 ISBN 1-56806-864-6, p. 6
  2. ^ Death of a Terrorist; Hopes rise with the fall of Abu Nidal, Kenneth R. Timmerman, August 20, 2002, Wall Street Journal
  3. ^ a b Palestinians get life in Austrian Slayings, The New York Times, January 22, 1982

Coordinates: 48°12′42″N 16°22′28″E / 48.21167°N 16.37444°E / 48.21167; 16.37444