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Terrorist 'Carlos the Jackal' gets life sentence for deadly 1974 Paris bombing

Ilyich Ramirez Sanchez was dubbed "Carlos the Jackal" by the press after a fictional terrorist in the book and subsequent film "Day of the Jackal"
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The attack, in which a grenade was lobbed into the entrance of the store, killed two and injured 34

Carlos the Jackal, the notorious terrorist behind a series of headline-grabbing attacks in the 1970s and early 1980s, was handed a life sentence by a French court on Monday for the deadly bombing of a Paris shop in 1974.

Carlos, 67, a Venezuelan whose real name is Ilyich Ramirez Sanchez, was put on trial in France earlier this month for the attack on the Drugstore Publicis, a busy shop once located in Saint-Germain-des-Pres in the heart of Paris.

In the late afternoon of September 15, 1974, a grenade was lobbed into the entrance of the store, killing two men and leaving 34 people injured.

Carlos describes himself as a "professional revolutionary" and was dubbed "Carlos the Jackal" by the press when he was one of the world's most wanted terror suspects. The nickname came from a fictional terrorist in the 1971 Frederick Forsyth novel, "The Day of the Jackal", which was turned into a popular film.

JOEL ROBINE, MICHEL CLEMENT (AFP/File)

Arrested in the Sudanese capital Khartoum in 1994 by elite French police, Carlos is already serving a life sentence for the murders of two policemen killed in Paris in 1975 and that of a Lebanese revolutionary.

He was also found guilty of four bombings in Paris and Marseille in 1982 and 1983, some targeting trains, which killed a total of 11 people and injured nearly 150.

The prosecution says the drug store attack was linked to a hostage-taking at the French embassy in the Hague that had begun two days earlier, on September 13, 1974.

The case against Carlos is also based on witness testimony from his former brothers-in-arms.

Investigators have tracked the provenance of the grenade and say it came from the same batch as those used by the Hague hostage-takers and had been stolen from a US army base in 1972. One was also found at the Paris home of Carlos's mistress.

(Staff with AFP)

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