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West Germany / Terrorism / Schleyer / Hijacking #249011

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 19, 1977
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(Studio) Leftist terrorists retaliate for West Germany's actions in rescue raid of hostages in Lufthansa hijacking. Body of kidnapped industrialist Hanns Martin Schleyer is found in France, near German border; in Italy, West Germany consulates are fire-bombed, as are West German tourist buses in Paris and Nice, but no injuries are reported Several other west European cities report demonstrations, some with violence.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Bonn, West Germany) Details with regard to discovery of Schleyer's body, after communique sent to Paris newspaper by group claiming responsibility for kidnapping, noted. Hopes that Schleyer could be saved had dimmed considerably after West Germans commando raid to free hostages of Lufthansa jet held in Somalia. Film of Mogadishu airport shortly after raid arrives in Europe, as new details of raid are released. (Film shown.) Details noted; hostages tell of screaming, nervous terrorist commander, who checked passports and jewelry in search for Jews among passengers. Americans among hostages were Mrs. Christine Santiago and son, Leo, of Santee, California. At Frankfurt news conference, Mrs. Santiago bars cameras, saying she fears most for son's life and that terrorist leader told her she was all right since she is American West Germany government reports that Somali government gave approval for raid after repeated offers to fly terrorists out of country in return for hostages' lives were turned down.
REPORTER: Bob McNamara

(Studio) West German government denies allegations that 3 terrorists may have been murdered, instead of committing suicide, in Stuttgart prison.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Stammhein Prison, West Germany) Leftist attys. for Baader-Meinhof gang express doubt that 3 jailed gang members committed suicide. Attorney for Andreas Baader witnesses autopsy of Baader's body and says bullet that killed client entered through back of neck and exited through forehead, and he's convinced it wasn't suicide. [Attorney Hans HELDMAN - thinks Baader was killed; doesn't know who did it.] Other questions remain unanswered and security officials have warned West German government to expect other attempts to free terrorists still held in prisons in country Police authorities estimate there are 1200 terrorists remaining at large and at least that many West Germany sympathizers ready to help them.
REPORTER: Tom Fenton

(Studio) 4th terrorist in prison tried to kill self, but survived, according to West German officials, who say Irmgard Moeller is in hospital and life not endangered. presumably she could testify with regard to events, at least in own case.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Fenton, Tom;
McNamara, Bob

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