December 1, 1989 |
Alfred Herrhausen, the head of West Germany's largest bank and one of the most powerful men in Europe, was killed in a bomb attack Thursday while he was en route to his office in Frankfurt. The office of the chief federal prosecutor said that the Red Army Faction, a terrorist organization, had claimed responsibility for the attack in a letter left at the scene.
July 28, 1990 |
The West German government's top terrorism expert survived an assassination attempt in the heart of the capital Friday when suspected Red Army Faction guerrillas detonated a remote-controlled bomb as he drove by. "They tried to kill me," said Hans Neusel, who escaped with minor cuts to his hand, hours after the morning rush-hour attack as he was driving to work. "It's a risk in my job, but even if they had killed me, someone else would take my place," he told reporters.
June 22, 1990 |
West German prosecutors Thursday launched a criminal investigation against ousted East German leader Erich Honecker for allegedly harboring several fugitive terrorists wanted in a string of deadly attacks in the West. The probe focuses on Honecker, former Minister of State Security Erich Mielke and "numerous others" in East Germany's dismantled secret police network, according to chief prosecutor Gerhard Klass.
April 18, 1988 |
A bomb exploded in front of the Frankfurt Jewish Community Center shortly after midnight Sunday, and minutes later another blast ripped through the downtown office of Saudi Arabia's Saudia Airlines, police said. There were no casualties in either explosion, but the airline office was heavily damaged and a Volkswagen bus parked in front of the Jewish Community Center was destroyed, police said. Police spokesman Hans Neitzel said there were no immediate claims of responsibility.
April 28, 1988
A U.S. military train was damaged by explosions on a journey between Frankfurt, West Germany, and West Berlin, but no injuries were reported. "We're treating this as an attack," a West German police spokesman said, but he conceded there was no information on who was responsible. Thirty-one people were on board when the blast occurred, about 120 miles northeast of Frankfurt, damaging the locomotive and a section of track. A railroad spokesman said the U.S.