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Arson Attacks on Six Retail Stores; Bomb Blast at Political Foundation

December 22, 1986

HAMBURG, West Germany (AP) _ Acid-filled bottles left by arsonists exploded Sunday in six Hamburg retail stores, causing millions of dollars damage but no injuries, police said.

A bomb blast Sunday night outside the Friedrich Ebert Foundation building near Bonn shattered windows and caused serious damage but no injuries, police said. The foundation is linked to the Social Democratic Party.

There were no claims of responsiblility for the attacks.

Hamburg police spokesman Reinhard Siedler said investigators suspected the arson attacks were linked to a protest Saturday by some 10,000 people against the eviction of tenants from public housing scheduled to be torn down for a road-building project. Ninety-three policemen and 31 demonstrators were injured in the figting and there were four arrests.

The acid-filled bottles exploded in six retail outlets, including a supermarket, furniture store and clothing boutique, when they were closed and unoccupied, according to Siedler.

He said the small bottles apparently were left in the stores during shopping hours Saturday. He added they were filled with two kinds of acids separated by a film partition, and blew up when the acids ate through the divider, mixed and ignited.

Fire gutted the furniture store, and the other buildings were badly damaged, Siedler said.

Fire department spokesman Manfred Queiss said firemen were searching 70 other large stores in Hamburg as a precaution.

″There is some fear that more of these bottles could explode,″ Quiess told the Associated Press by telephone.

Sunday’s bombing damaged an unoccupied building of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Bad Muenstereifel, 12 miles southwest of Bonn, local police spokesman Peter Faustmann said.

He said a priest, chaplain and the building manager received anonymous telephone calls warning of the bomb minutes before it exploded at 9:28 p.m.

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