According to a new documentary film, in December 1987 the Blekingegade gang hand grenades were used in a German terrorist action against a military café in Barcelona. During the attack, one person was killed and nine others injured.
A few weeks ago I was visited by the German documentary director Egmont R. Koch and his filming team. The fact is that Koch, while working on a documentary about the alleged Red Army Fraction’s (RAF) bomb attack on and killing of a German bank director in 1989, he and his team had uncovered a connection between the German terrorists and the Danish Blekingegade gang.
My book has also been published in German and therefore Koch approached me back at the beginning of summer. Now he was eager to have me describe the Blekinge Gang’s theft of hand grenades, missiles and high explosives from a military armoury in Sweden. At the request of the gang’s Palestinian employer, the PFLP (Peoples’ Front for the Liberation of Palestine), some of these weapons were buried in a number of secret caches at various places in Europe. During his research with the German criminal police, Koch had found that the German police had discovered that hand grenades from German weapons caches had been used in two terrorists actions in Spain.
In ’The Blekinge Gang 2’ I have already described (in the chapter entitled ‘The Hunt for Weapons’) the gang’s 1982 theft from the military arsenal located in the woods close to the Swedish town of Flen. The spoils obtained from the theft were particularly comprehensive, including e.g. 34 antitank rockets, landmines, plastic explosives and crates containing 120 Swedish made hand grenades. The weapons had been ordered by the PFLP. One of these weapons was found seven years later in the secret weapons store in the group’s flat in Blekinge Street, in Copenhagen, while others in accordance with the agreement with the PFLP had been buried in various cities in Europe.
In September 1986, one of these weapons caches buried in two metal cases containing 40 kilos of plastic explosive along with ten of the Swedish hand grenade was discovered by the French Secret Service in the forest of Fontainebleau south of Paris. When, three years later in 1989 the Danish police discovered the gang’s secret apartment with the weapons store in Blekinge Street in Copenhagen, among other things they found road directions to the weapons cache in Fontainebleau. The fingerprints and handwriting on the directions turned out to be those of Torkil Lauesen.
When I wrote ’The Blekinge Gang 2’, sources in PET (the Danish Security and Intelligence Service) stated that the German police believed they had found a connection between the weapons theft in Sweden and a failed terrorist attack on officers from a NATO base in the Spanish port of Rota in the summer of 1988. While fleeing the terrorists left a bag behind them with the same kind of Swedish hand grenades.
In 1999, a German woman, Andrea Klump, admitted that she had participated in the terrorist attack against Rota. According to the German police, the woman had connections with the Red Army Faction terrorists, also known as the Baader-Meinhof Gang. During the trial it came to light that Klump had worked together on the attack with the organisation’s military chief, Marwan El-Fahoum. In the eighties, Marwan El-Fahoum was the Blekinge Gang’s permanent contact with the PFLP. El-Fahoum had met with members of the gang several times, both in Denmark, Libya and several other countries.
Egmont R. Koch has now with the German criminal police found information that exactly the same kind of Swedish hand grenades had also been used in a large number of successful terrorist attacks the year before. The hand grenade attacks had been made against the so-called USO café for US naval officers in Barcelona. One person, whose fiancée was pregnant, was killed and nine other injured by the explosion. According to the German criminal police, BKA, the hand grenades originated from the theft at the Swedish military arsenal in Flen.
Both Bo Weimann and other members of the Blekinge Gang have denied that the gang had connections with the Red Army Faction, and they have declared that their political strategy is greatly opposed to that of the German terrorists. To all intents and purposes this latter was true.
But since the Blekinge Gang had set up weapons caches for the PFLP at several locations in Europe, they had thereby lost control of what these weapons and explosives had been used for.
The fact is that the PFLP and especially Marwan El-Fahoum, who was the Blekinge Gang’s liaison officer, also had connections with a large number of Western European terrorist organisations, also including the Red Army Faction. According to Andre Klump, the terrorist attack at Rota was carried out by agreement with precisely Marwan El-Fahoum.
The German Documentary, ’Die Spur der Bombe’, was first broadcast on the German public service channel ARD on Monday 1st December at 11.30 pm.
The film can be viewed here: ’Die Spur der Bombe’