West Germany: People Were Crying and Bleeding

Two Americans die in a car-bomb attack on a U.S. air base

The 10,000 U.S. Air Force servicemen and civilian employees at the Rhein-Main Air Base call it the gateway to Europe, and with good reason. Located opposite Frankfurt International Airport, Rhein-Main is almost a city unto itself, the largest and most vital link in the U.S. military airlift command. For that reason it is a prime target for terrorists. Last week they struck with a vengeance, setting off a car bomb that killed a 19-year old airman on temporary duty and the wife of another airman assigned to a medical airlift squadron. Twenty-one people were injured.

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