Abu Nidal

 

 

Age: 65

 

Summary: key figure in Middle East terror for the past quarter century who was known for often changing sides and backers and who was described in one obit as "a chain-smoking schoolteacher-turned-terrorist who has struck targets from Paris to Pakistan whose followers bombed American airliners, mowed down travelers in airports, machine-gunned sidewalk cafes and synagogues and blew up hotels."

 

 

Cause of Death: Suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound

 

Born: May 1937

 

Died: August 16, 2002

 

Location: Baghdad, Iraq