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East Denies Reports of Berlin Wall Shooting

May 14, 1987|From Reuters

EAST BERLIN — East Germany on Wednesday denied Western reports of a shooting two days ago at the Berlin Wall that local residents said appeared to be a foiled escape bid.

A one-line statement issued by the official ADN news agency said: "Reports by West Berlin agencies that residents of the (district of) Luebars heard shots and the speculation arising from this are without any basis in truth."

West Berlin police confirmed Tuesday that residents of Luebars--a rural district bordering on the 10-foot-high concrete wall--had reported hearing between five and eight shots at the wall and a call for help.

The incident took place at a point where two East Germans had successfully scaled the barriers and reached the West the previous week.

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