German Terrorist List Cut To Three
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) _ The dramatic killing of a wanted Red Army Faction terrorist on a Vienna street corner, and the arrest of his female companion, whittled Germany’s long-standing most wanted list of leftist terrorists to three.
Vienna police shot and killed Horst Ludwig Meyer, 43, after he drew a pistol and disarmed an officer who had asked to see his identification papers on Wednesday.
His female companion was arrested and identified later through fingerprints as Andrea Klump, 42, a suspected member of the Red Army Faction wanted in the attempted bombing of a Spanish disco in 1988.
German authorities will seek Klump’s extradition, said Eva Schuebel, a spokeswoman for the German federal prosecutor in Wiesbaden, Germany.
With Meyer dead and Klump in custody only three Red Army Faction suspects on Germany’s most wanted list remain at large: Ernst Volker Staub, 44, of Hamburg; Sabine Elke Callsen, 38, of Hanover; and Daniela Klette, 40, of Karlsruhe.
The Red Army Faction has claimed responsibility for killing more than 30 people, including chief federal prosecutor Siegfried Buback, Dresdner Bank chief Juergen Ponto and Employers’ Association president Hans-Martin Schleyer.
The group’s last fatal attack was the February 1991 shooting of Detlef Rohwedder, the head of the federal agency for privatizing former East German enterprises.
In its nearly 30 years of existence, the ultra-leftist group suffered 26 casualties.
The Red Army Faction’s attacks against NATO and industrial targets in Germany ended in 1992, when the group said it had given up violence. Last year, the group declared itself officially disbanded.
Police were summoned to a Vienna street corner Wednesday by a resident who had seen Meyer and Klump in the area for several days. There was no word on what they were doing in the city or how long they had been in Vienna.
Meyer went underground in 1984 with his wife Barbara, who returned voluntarily to Germany in May to face terror charges. She had been in hiding in Lebanon, but authorities said they didn’t know if Meyer and Klump were with her.
Meyer had been wanted in connection with the 1984 murder of Siemens researcher Karl-Heinz Beckurts, whose BMW sedan was blown 20 feet off the road while being chauffeured to work. The driver was also killed.
Meyer also was a suspect in an attempted car bomb attack on a NATO school in Oberammergau, Germany in December 1984. Officials found the bomb-laden car early enough to defuse the device.
Many of the gang’s estimated three dozen commando-level terrorists that were caught over the years and sentenced to life in prison have since been released on parole. Only six remained jailed before Klump’s arrest, the federal prosecutor’s office said.