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2 E. Germans Escape Army Duty, Flee to West

May 05, 1987|Associated Press

WEST BERLIN — Two East German army conscripts climbed over the Berlin Wall on Monday, dodging bullets to arrive unharmed in the West, officials said.

West Berlin officials said it was not clear whether the East German guards fired at the two men or fired warning shots.

West Berlin Senate spokesman Winfried Fest said the pair, aged 23 and 26, escaped one day before they were to be inducted into the army. He declined to release their names.

The two clambered over the wall into the rural Lubars section of West Berlin.

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