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11 Years Later, German Prisoner Takes Hostages Again

May 21, 1995

CELLE, Germany (AP) _ Exactly 11 years after taking a guard hostage and fleeing the high-security prison at Celle, a prisoner held another guard and demanded $140,000 and freedom Sunday.

Peter Struedinger, 38, and another prisoner overwhelmed the guard near the prison library. From a prison office, Struedinger called police and N-TV television and made his demands.

On May 21, 1984, Struedinger, wielding a homemade shotgun, took a Celle guard hostage and fled with an accomplice in a car driven by a police official with bombs tied to his neck. Struedinger was captured a day later in Bremen.

Struedinger was jailed on attempted manslaughter charges in 1979. Before Sunday’s crime he wasn’t due for release until 2006. The other prisoner’s name wasn’t immediately known.

Celle, where dangerous criminals and terrorists are held, has a history of dramatic breakouts. In October 1991, four prisoners fled with two hostages and $1.2 million. They were arrested after being wounded in a shootout in southern Germany.

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