U.S. military and CIA sources uncovered a terrorist plot that would create "six weeks of terror" throughout the world and force cancellation of the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, The Toronto Sun reported Sunday.
The Sun reported sources said terrorists backed by North Korea have targeted such airlines as TWA, British Airways, Air France and Air Canada and plan to attack their aircraft and facilities throughout the world.The proposed campaign focuses on New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Toronto and Hong Kong, where a series of bombs were to be set off in June to discourage passengers from attending the games, the newspaper said. The terrorists also want "Japanese Red Army snipers, hijackers and bombers" to infiltrate Seoul via Hong Kong before the Sept. 17 opening of the Olympics, the Sun said.
The report quoted an unidentified CIA source as saying if the bombings did not discourage travelers from attending the games, "there could be more killing that would dwarf the 1972 incident when . . . Israelis were killed by terrorists at the Olympics."
On Sept. 5, 1972, Arab terrorists invaded the Israeli dormitory at the Munich Olympics, killing several Israeli athletes and taking hostages. Later, at Furstenfeldbruk airport, West German police opened fire. A total of 11 athletes, five terrorists and a policeman were killed in the incident.
The Sun said the mastermind of the proposed campaign is Kim Jong Il, the son of North Korea's leader, Kim Il Sung.