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Authorities Say They Solved 1977 Terrorist Murder

May 22, 1992

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) _ Fifteen years after his abduction and murder shocked the nation, German authorities said Thursday they have identified the Red Army Faction terrorists who killed the head of the German employers federation.

The kidnapping and slaying of Hanns-Martin Schleyer in 1977 remains one of the most notorious acts of terrorism carried out by the leftist Red Army Faction.

State prosecutor Klaus Pflieger said the latest confession by a convicted terrorist left only two men who could be responsible for the killing of Schleyer.

They are Stephan Wisniewski and Rolf-Clemens Wagner, who are both already serving life terms for terrorism, Pflieger said.

Their identification was made possible after testimony by Peter-Juergen Boock, a Red Army Faction terrorist who had also been convicted in Schleyer’s abduction.

Boock testified earlier this week at the trial of two suspected Red Army Faction terrorists and has been making a series of revelations since March, saying he was renouncing terrorism.

Schleyer was kidnapped in September 1977 in Cologne by the Red Army Faction in an attempt to force authorities into releasing 11 captured terrorists.

During his captivity, a Lufthansa plane was hijacked to add pressure on authorities. But German commandos stormed the plane in Somalia and three Red Army Faction leaders - Jan-Carl Raspe, Gudrun Ensslin and Andreas Baader - committed suicide in prison.

Schleyer’s body was found 43 days after his kidnapping in the trunk of a car in France.