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Red Army Faction Suspected in Bombing of Police Division

August 11, 1986

BONN, West Germany (AP) _ Three small bombs exploded today at the federal border police’s telecommunications division near Bonn and authorities said they suspected the leftist terrorist Red Army Faction was to blame.

No one was injured and damage was light, Bonn police spokesman Hans-Georg Classen said.

The first bomb went off at 2:30 a.m. and the other two exploded about 10 minutes later, Classen said.

The explosions damaged a radio tower, several transformers and shattered windows in a nearby building, Classen said. There was no damage estimate.

A letter found at the bombing scene claimed responsibility for the ″Fighting Unit of Crespea Gallende,″ Alexander Prechtel, a spokesman for the federal prosecutor’s office in Karlsruhe, said.

He said the authorities were unfamiliar with the group, but suspected it was made of members of the Red Army Faction, one of Europe’s most notorious terror gangs.

Neither Prechtel nor Classen had details on the type of bombs used in the attack. All three had been placed outside buildings, Classen said.

It was the fourth suspected Red Army Faction attack in the past month. Terrorists killed Siemens company executive Karl Heinz Beckurts on July 9 near Munich; bombed a laser technology laboratory near Aachen on July 24; and exploded a car bomb at a major aeronautics company, Dornier, at Friedrichshafen on July 25.

The Red Army Faction’s targets are usually U.S. and West German military and industrial interests.

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