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November 27, 1973
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West German police have admitted for the first time that threats had been made on the lives of senior government officials in Bonn. The threats, rumored to have come from a Palestinian terror organization, were accompanied with the demand for DM 21 million. The blackmailers said that germ bombs and germ-impregnated letters would be sent to senior officials, including some at the West German Chancellery if the money was not paid. The government spokesman, Ruediger von Wechmar, had no immediate comment. An Interior Ministry spokesman denied that Interior Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, in charge of the police here, would be breaking off a trip to China to take charge of the situation. The money demanded is believed to be in atonement for Palestinian terrorists shot by German police during the Munich massacre at last year’s Olympics, where Palestinian terrorists killed 11 Israeli athletes.

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