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West German Plane Hijacking / Rescue #248991

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 18, 1977
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(Studio) West German commandos rescue hostages held by hijackers of Lufthansa jet at Mogadishu, Somalia, airport. 3 of 4 hijackers are killed and West German officials report that 3 urban guerrillas, whose release from prison was condition of release of hostages, have committed suicide.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Bonn, West Germany) Report on details of commando raid and terrorist murder of pilot, Juergen Schumann. 9 passengers and 1 commando are slightly injured. 4th hijacker also injured. [Women HOSTAGES - describe experience.] Mrs. Christine Santiago and son Leo, of Santee, California, are among those returning to Frankfurt; her heart condition noted. Memorial service for murdered pilot held. Commandos arrive at Cologne airport, accompanied by Chancellor Helmut Schmidt's personal envoy. Commando unit praised. [Commando Ulrich WEGENER - says it was just normal operation.] 3 jailed terrorists rptdly. had committed suicide in Stuttgart cells and 4th is in critical condition after suicide attempt. Later, Schmidt appears in better spirits as he greets visiting British Prime Min. James Callaghan. West Germany has long urged world to take tougher stand on terrorism and there's speculation that action in raid was designed to set ex. [Govt. spokesperson Klaus BOELLING - says it wasn't government ambition to teach other cntries. or govts. but thinks some should examine case carefully.] Govt. tries to play down raid, as one official says, because West Germany knows retaliation is tactic of terrorists in ongoing war.
REPORTER: Bob McNamara Unsigned sketches

(Studio) West German government has released no details with regard to raid, but some have been discovered. Known details of attack cited. Suicides of 3 urban guerrillas in Stuttgart prison add strange twist to incident.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Stammhein Prison,W. Germany) Special security at Stuttgart prison, built especially for terrorists, noted. Even in death, members of Baader-Meinhof group have power to embarrass government, as questions are raised with regard to how news of foiled hijacking reached them and how Andreas Baader and Jan-Karl Baspe got guns with which they killed selves. Baader's mistress Gundrun Ensslin hung self and Irmgard Moeller apparently stabbed self, but is reported to be recovering in hospital. Group had recently been placed under strict surveillance because of evidence that they'd been able to direct terrorist events from jail. Life of indust. Hanns Martin Schleyer is believed to be much endangered, if he's not already dead. Officials fear that West Germany's problem with terrorism won't disappear with Baader's death and that it might incite others to acts of violence.
REPORTER: Tom Fenton

(Studio) There were joyful and tearful greetings for hostages returning to West Germany.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Alteriburg, West Germany) Report on welcome home for Mrs. Utha Brod, whose husband, Paul, and son, Mike, had asked government officials to save hostages, in meeting between hostages' relatives and officials on Monday (Film shown.) Mrs. Brod had gone to Majorca with 10 other German women after winning beauty contest.
REPORTER: Susan Peterson

(Studio) Congratulations pour into West Germany from around world; remarks from Japan, Israel and President Carter noted. Israel staged similar raid on hijacked plane in Uganda in 1975. Pentagon reveals United States also has specialist squad to deal with terrorist hijacking; made up of men from all 4 branches of armed services. FBI has similar, separate unit. International airline pilots' group calls for strike on Tuesday and Wednesday to back up demands for stiffer anti-hijacking measures; members in at least 10 cntries., include Britain, support strike call, and United States group considers it.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Fenton, Tom;
Peterson, Susan;
McNamara, Bob

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