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West Germany / Terrorism / Hijacking and Deaths / Reactions / Spanish Security #249038

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 20, 1977
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(Studio) West Germany launches massive manhunt for left-wing terrorists who have been plaguing country for weeks
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Bonn, West Germany) Report on manhunt and mood of country in wake of recent terrorist incidents. Chancellor Schmidt announces heightened anti- terrorist campaign in speech to parliament; notes that, despite successful end to plane hijacking in Somalia, war against terrorism is one West Germany is still losing. Schmidt asks for public cooperation in hunt for terrorists. Wanted posters are distributed all around cntry., with pictures of 16 wanted in connection with deaths of industrialist Hanns Martin Schleyer and 6 others. Backgrounds of 16 noted and details of facilities set up for public cooperation described. (Tape of terrorist voice played.) Just how closely government will follow through with strict security in manhunt, will depend on public reaction to it.
REPORTER: Bob McNamara

(Studio) In Stuttgart, officials at maximum security Stammhein Prison say crude, but effective, communication system of batteries and wires was found in cells of 3 terrorists who rptdly. committed suicide; communication was apparently through Morse code. Alleged suicides have produced embarrassing questions for government, and justice minister responsible for prison resigns today; warden at prison has been fired. Reaction to terrorists' deaths conts., especially in Italy. Clash between students and police in Rome noted. (Film shown.) German Ford plant in Cologne burns; authorities say arson is possible, but no immediate indication that fire is connected to post-hijacking terrorism. Heavily armed hijackers of Lufthansa jet were able to board it in Majorca because of lax security.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Palma de Majorca, Spain) Report on continued lax security policies in Spanish airports. In Madrid, authorities try to tighten security regulations, but in Palma, things are as lax as ever. passengers aren't checked before boarding unless airline requests it; Lufthansa is only one to do so today. Spanish pilots say Spanish airports least protected in world. Tourism is major source of revenue in Spain, and authorities apparently reluctant to bother tourists with security checks.
REPORTER: Bert Quint

Cronkite, Walter;
McNamara, Bob;
Quint, Bert

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