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West Germany / Terrorism / Schleyer / Hijacking #490952

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 19, 1977
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(Studio) West German industrialist Hanns Martin Schleyer is killed in retaliation for deaths of 6 terrorists; was kidnapped in September by other members of same terrorist group. Details of how French authorities found body, in car in Mulhouse, near German border, noted. Schleyer was head of Daimler-Benz auto. company, head of cntry.'s trade association of manufacturing companies and often appeared on television as spokesperson for business His murderers threaten to kill others.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Studio) Anti-W. German protests and violence in rest of Europe noted; most is in Italy, but Paris and Athens have some also. Part of protest is due to deaths of 3 terrorists in German jail; leftists say 3 didn't commit suicide, but were killed.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Bonn, West Germany) Deaths of 3 imprisoned terrorists make headlines all over Germany, and papers call for further investigations. At news conf., attys. for dead terrorists express doubt about government report that 2 of 3 died from shooting selves; say bullet which killed Andreas Baader entered from back of skull. [Baader attorney Hans HELDMAN - thinks there were killers; cites reasons.] Some time later, interior minister Werner Maihofer says international team of doctors agree with verdict of suicide, but can't answer how terrorists got weapons in maximum security cells. Controversy has dampened high spirits in wake of rescue of hostages from Lufthansa plane. Chancellor Schmidt and cabinet meet and announcement is made that further probe will be conducted.
REPORTER: John Palmer

(Studio) Only American adult aboard plane was Mrs. Christine Santiago, of Santee, California. Today, she tells of events on plane, include threats to kill all passengers, especially Jews, and of pilot's murder.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Studio) Details of raid described, as gathered from Boeing drawings and accts. from Mrs. Santiago and various government officials. Code name for raid was Operation Oscar X-ray. (Recreation in drawings shown.) Raid took 7 mins.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit Artist: Betty Wells

(Studio) United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim has asked president of International Federal of Airline Pilots Assns. to meet with him. Association has threatened 2-day strike if UN General Assembly doesn't meet to take measures against hijacking.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Palmer, John;
Pettit, Tom

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