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Memorial held at LA airport for victims of 2002 attack on El Al counter

Event held in airport terminal where two people were killed

Tom Bradley International Terminal, where a shooting attack on an El Al ticket counter occurred in 2002. (photo credit: CC-BY prayitno, Flickr)
Tom Bradley International Terminal, where a shooting attack on an El Al ticket counter occurred in 2002. (photo credit: CC-BY prayitno, Flickr)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A memorial has been held for victims of a July 4, 2002 attack at Los Angeles International Airport that left three dead – including the shooter – and four others wounded.

City News Service says Israel’s consul general and an official of El Al airline spoke Wednesday during the event at the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Authorities say an Egyptian national from Irvine, Hesham Hadayet, opened fire at an El Al ticket counter at the terminal. The shooting killed El Al employee Vicky Hen and Yaakov Aminov, a North Hollywood diamond importer.

Hadayet was shot by an El Al security guard.

The FBI called it a terrorist attack. Authorities say Hadayet was despondent over a failing business and personal problems, and angered by Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

 

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