TERRORISM: Standing Up to the Gang

The young man entered West Germany's modern four-story embassy in Stockholm one morning last week and politely asked the receptionist where he could obtain a new passport. The male receptionist turned to a telephone—and turned back to find he was facing a gun. Their access secured, five other terrorists, one a woman, entered the building. Armed with submachine guns, they raced to the top floors and barricaded themselves, along with twelve hostages, including Ambassador Dietrich Stoecker, 59, and his military attaché, Lieut. Colonel Andreas Baron von Mirbach, 44.

The terrorists quickly identified themselves...

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