Carlos the Jackal boasts of up to 2,000 deaths
Venezuelan militant Carlos the Jackal, who goes on trial in France Monday, boasted in an interview with the daily El Nacional of committing more than 100 attacks that claimed up to 2,000 lives.
Asked about civilian bystanders who lost their lives in his attacks, the Marxist-Leninist radical said: "There were very few. I calculated that they were fewer than 10 percent.
"So out of 1,500 - 2,000 killed, there were not more than 200 civilian victims," he said.
The dapper 62 year-old former member of the leftist Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, is already serving a life sentence in France for the murder of two French policemen and an informant in 1975.
Carlos, born in 1949, rose to prominence in 1975 when his commando group burst into the conference room where ministers from the powerful OPEC oil cartel were meeting in Vienna, taking 11 of them hostage.
He is now on trial for 1982 and 1983 attacks billed as part of a private war Carlos waged against France to free two comrades, including his future wife, who were arrested in Paris while planning to attack the Kuwaiti embassy.
Carlos told El Nacional that under his "coordination" "more than 100" attacks were carried out; he said he could boast of the results because they were "very well executed."
Asked if he believed that he had made mistakes, Carlos said his crimes were minor. He charged that former Cuban president Fidel Castro "killed more people."
"Terrorism is going to exist as long as imperialists dominated the world, I am the enemy of terrorists like the United States and Israel," he stressed.
© 2011 AFP