The 12-hour siege of the West German Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, by six guerrillas, ended on Friday morning (25 April) with the building in flames, three people dead and five of the guerrillas arrested.
GV Explosions rip West German Embassy and victim calls for help
GV PAN Burning embassy with sirens from ambulances and police vehicles in the background
GV Burning embassy and explosion
SV Police arrest fleeing guerrillas (MONO)
SV PAN INTERIOR Aftermath of explosion in embassy (2 shots) (MONO)
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Background: The 12-hour siege of the West German Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, by six guerrillas, ended on Friday morning (25 April) with the building in flames, three people dead and five of the guerrillas arrested.
The group seized the building the previous day demanding the release of all 26 members of the Baader-Meinhof anarchist group, currently held in West German prisons.
The dead were two West German diplomats -- the Military Attache Lieutenant Colonel Andreas Baron von Mirbach, and the Economic Attache Heinz Hillegaart -- and a guerrilla whom police believed committed suicide.
The group stormed the embassy at noon on Thursday carrying sub-machine guns and 33 pounds (15 kilos) of dynamite. They took over the third floor and helD 12 people hostage -- four of whom were later taken to hospital. The West German Ambassador, Dietrich Stroocker was reported to be safe.
Soon after they were told that the West German Government had refused to negotiate with them, police believed Herr Hillegaart was shot. They had earlier shot Lieutenant Colonel Baron von Mirbach when the police were apparently too slow in complying with their order to retreat in two minutes.
Just before midnight two explosions ripped through the building after they released three women hostages.
Five of the guerrillas tried to flee the burning building but were arrested after a running gun battle with the police. They were taken to hospital for light injuries caused by flying glass.
(In Bonn, on Friday, the West German Chancellor Helmet Schmidt, defended his government's refusal to negotiate with the guerrillas and warned that any future challenge would be met by the same firmness.)