Thousands of Police in Bonn, But Security Officials Still Concerned With PM-Reagan, Bjt
BONN, West Germany (AP) _ Despite the presence of the largest security force in the history of the West German capital, officials here still are concerned about possible terrorist attacks during this week’s economic summit.
″Any major diplomatic event is seen by terrorists and other extremists as an opportunity for fire-bombings or other explosive attacks,″ Heinrich Boge, head of the Federal Criminal Office, told reporters last week.
″That is a fact we must accept and take into account,″ he added.
An internal government document, prepared by federal security officials, says there have been signs of possible terrorist attacks from the radical Red Army Faction in recent months.
The document, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, cites an underground leaflet allegedly distributed by Red Army activists.
″After the struggles of the last months we are presented with the possiblity of ... mobilizing and organizing resistance to the World Economic Summit,″ the leaflet was quoted as saying.
For weeks, as discussion of President Reagan’s West German trip focused on his visit to the Bitburg military ceremony, security officials have quietly worked on plans for the meeting between the leaders of seven major industrialized nations.
Herbert Schnoor, the interior minister for the state of North Rhine- Westphali a, says more than 11,000 police officers will be patroling Bonn during the summit - the largest security force ever gathered in the capital.
The summit starts Thursday, but Bonn’s diplomatic quarter already is filled with police vans cruising quiet streets, while police officers on foot patrol near government buildings.
Joachim Peckert, a foreign office official working on summit security, said that when the meetings get under way, the government quarter - home to the West German parliament, chancellery and other official buildings - will be sealed off entirely.
Public streets in the area will be blocked, bus routes altered, and only those with summit accreditation will be let in, he said.
Out-of-town police officers are being billeted, dormitory style, in local schools, police officials say.
It was not immediately clear what kind of housing will be provided for the up to 40 police dogs that will be brought in to sniff out explosives.
A central police computer will provide the exact location of each of the 22 government chiefs and top-ranking delegation members who have been deemed by police strategists as the most likely targets of a terrorist attack, according to police officials.
The biggest security problems are posed by Reagan’s state visit to West Germany, which starts a day before the summit, security officials say.
The president will stay at nearby Gymnich Castle, a residence for government guests that is 18.6 miles from Bonn.
Reagan is slated to travel by ″Marine 1,″ the president’s helicopter, during his trips to Bonn, the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, the German military cemetery at Bitburg and other spots.
During Reagan’s last visit to Bonn, for the 1982 NATO summit meeting, more than 100,000 demonstrators turned out.
This time, protests are expected to be smaller and more widely scattered.
Among those planning ″counter-summit″ protests are West Germany’s leftist Greens Party, the youth wing of the opposition Social Democratic Party, the tiny German Communist Party and others. Most of the demonstrations have been approved by local officials, but are not slated to take place in Bonn.
But the Red Army Faction is of much greater concern to security officials.
Earlier this year, the Red Army Faction claimed responsibility for the Feb. 1 murder of West German industrialist Ernst Zimmerman and a series of bomb attacks.
The group also announced in January it had joined forces with France’s Action Directe terrorist group to wage ″war″ against NATO.