November 6, 1996 |
A leftist terrorist was convicted and sentenced in Frankfurt to life in prison for killing two U.S. soldiers and a civilian and attempting to murder the president of Germany's central bank. Birgit Hogefeld--a member of the Red Army Faction, which waged a sporadic war of killing and kidnapping against the establishment in the 1970s and 1980s--received the sentence after last-minute appeals to hear more witnesses were rejected by the five-judge court.
November 21, 1996 |
A Greek appeals court has approved the extradition of a woman wanted in Germany in connection with a 1986 West Berlin disco bombing that killed three people, including two U.S. soldiers. The woman, identified as Andrea Hausler, was arrested while vacationing in northern Greece in October with her 2-year-old son and a male friend. Greek police have said that Hausler is the sister of a woman identified as Verena C.
November 29, 1992 |
Police raided dozens of homes of right-wing extremists across Germany and found explosives, weapons and neo-Nazi propaganda, officials said Saturday. Tens of thousands demonstrated peacefully in more than 20 German cities to protest violence against foreigners, though trouble erupted during a march in the northern town of Moelln, where three Turks died when their home was firebombed Monday.
March 27, 1991 |
Germany's chief prosecutor accused former East German security boss Erich Mielke of aiding in a 1981 terrorist attack on a U.S. general and announced that five of Mielke's onetime aides have been arrested. Mielke, 83, has been in investigative custody in Berlin since July. The prosecutor, Alexander von Stahl, said the five former Mielke associates were arrested in Berlin. U.S. Army Gen. Frederik Kroesen was slightly injured in the 1981 attack.
July 29, 2000 |
German police focused on far-right groups in an investigation into a rail station shrapnel-bomb attack in Duesseldorf that injured nine immigrants from the former Soviet Union, including six Jews. The nine were injured as they were on their way home from a German-language class. Police said four of the nine were badly injured. The government warned that the blast could reflect a dangerous escalation in terror tactics by xenophobic extremists.
February 8, 1997 |
Almost 11 years after two U.S. servicemen and a Turkish woman were killed in a terrorist bombing of a discotheque popular with Americans here, German prosecutors said Friday that they have charged five suspects and will put them on trial this summer. The extent of Libya's role in the bombing will also be under scrutiny, said Dieter Neumann, Berlin's top prosecutor, explaining that he hopes to prove a case of state-sponsored terrorism.
December 26, 1996 |
Two of 10 parishioners injured in a gory suicide bombing during a Christmas Eve Mass were in critical condition Wednesday as police searched for the identity of the attacker. The explosion, which killed three people including the female assailant, did not appear to be politically motivated, police said. As the first hymn began on Christmas Eve, a woman sitting near the back of the Lutheran Church Sindlingen-South still hadn't removed her wrap.
February 10, 1995 |
Fifty years after the Allied firebombing that razed it to a moonscape, five years after breaking out of its Communist shackles, Dresden--a city once so rich in culture it was commonly called "Florence on the Elbe"--is rebuilding. Scaffolding encases much of the semi-restored Old City, where 250-year-old masterpieces of baroque architecture are getting needed face lifts.
November 18, 1997 |
It was 1:50 a.m., and La Belle disco was jumping with young revelers when about 6 pounds of plastic explosive, packed with shrapnel, blew up just off the dance floor. The club's disc jockey was hurled through the floor and into the basement amid what he called "a picture of horror": flames, broken bricks, shattered phonograph records and the torn-off limbs of the young Germans and American servicemen who just moments earlier had been dancing the night away.
December 25, 1996 |
A bomb exploded at a Christmas Eve church service in a Frankfurt suburb, killing three people and seriously injuring six, police said. One child was among the injured, who were taken to area hospitals. The bomb went off about 11:15 p.m. at a Protestant church in the western Frankfurt district of Sindlingen. A police spokesman said the bomb was placed in a pew near the back of the church, which was crowded with about 70 people.