The following description of the event (Dakar Airport, 20 February 1988) is taken verbatim from the Police Report.
When the passengers got off, we observed the presence of Ahmed Khalifa Niasse, known notoriously for his dealings with Libya.
He was accompanied by two North African-looking individuals, who seemed bothered. Mr Niasse, having tried to go directly to the VIP lounge, was asked to follow the marked route.
On their arrival in the immigration hall, these individuals were subjected to a body search and taken to the VIP lounge.
Here their hand and hold luggage was searched and this led to the discovery of the arms and explosives listed below:
- 9m slow fuse
- 4 blocks TNT (1.6 kg)
- 2 blocks plastic explosive, type SEMTEX-H
- 9 electric detonators
- 5 pyrotechnic detonators
- 1 electric detonating timing device (NB. This is the MST-13)
- 1 Beretta automatic pistol, 7.56 caliber, serial No. 327771 with silencer
- 1 packet of of 25 bullets (9 mm)
- 1 empty clip
- 5 “pastilles” for the silencer
The small case in which the arsenal was located was carried by one of the individuals carrying a Senegalese passport in the name of Mamadou FALL.
A body search led to the discovery of a Libyan passport in the name of El MARZOUK, Mohamed, born in 1952 in Tripoli and exercising the profession of farmer.
The second individual named Mansour Omran SABER born in 1953 in Ben Ghashir ( Libya) exercising the profession of employee with no further details. This person had no entry visa to Senegal.
NOTE. It is noted that the only pistol found was a Beretta 7.56 mm caliber. The clip which went with the gun was empty of any bullet.
This arm, fitted with a silencer, had no compatible ammunition. In the same briefcase, a packet of 25 bullets 9 mm was found. These bullets did not have a compatible arm either.
The other suitcases only contained ordinary clothing and toiletries. At the end of the searches their personal luggage was given back to them.
Comment: This was obviously a “well-planned” operation…