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RAF: Daniela Klett was captured after 30 years on the run

RAF: Daniela Klett was captured after 30 years on the run

Police in Germany have arrested 65-year-old Daniela Klett, a third-generation member of the Red Army Faction (RAF), also known as the Bander-Meinhof organisation, after more than 30 years on the run.

The 65-year-old was one of three members of the RAF who managed to evade capture for decades. Authorities accuse Daniela Klett, along with her accomplices Burkhard Gerwig and Essent Föhler Staub, of attempted murder and a series of armed robberies between 1999 and 2016.

The prosecutor's office in Verden in Lower Saxony believes that the armed robberies were not politically motivated but were committed for financial reasons to finance their lives in chaos. According to the prosecutor's office, the 65-year-old was arrested in Berlin on Monday.

Daniela Klett is considered a suspect along with Burkhard Gerwig and Essent Föhler Staub, based on DNA analyses, in a series of armed robberies.

German police officers stand in front of the entrance to the building where Daniela Klett was arrested (Photo credit: Reuters/Tobias Schlee)

German newspaper Bild reported that Kleti had been hiding in Berlin for 20 years, with neighbors claiming she had used the name Claudia.

“We have Klett in custody,” said Koray Freudenberg, a senior prosecutor whose office is investigating Klett and fellow suspects Gerwig and Staub. German wave.

A police forensic scientist enters the building where Daniela Klett was arrested (Photo credit: Reuters/Tobias Schlee)

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However, the Lower Saxony State Criminal Police Office later said that a man had also been arrested in connection with Kleti's arrest, but had not yet been identified.

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Hanover Police Chief, Fredo de Vries, said that the suspect was identified through fingerprints and did not show any resistance during her arrest in an apartment in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin. De Vries said police found two pistol magazines and cartridges in the apartment.

German police officers stand in front of the entrance to the building where Daniela Klett was arrested (Photo credit: Reuters/Tobias Schlee)

Daniela Klett is suspected, along with Burkhard Gerwig and Essent Föhler Staub, based on DNA analyses, in a series of armed supermarket robberies and money laundering in North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony.

RAF action

The RAF is believed to be responsible for the deaths of more than 30 people and the injury of at least 200 others. The group's activities reached its peak amid a major hunt for its members during the so-called German autumn of 1977. Staub, Klett and Gerwig were members of the third generation. The RAF, which was active in the 1980s and 1990s.

Requested photos (above) and aging simulation photos (below) of RAF terrorist Burkhard Gerwig, Essent Föhler Stobbe, and Daniela Klett

Members of the Third Generation are believed to have killed the head of Deutsche Bank Alfred Herrhausen and Truhand, the agency charged with managing and privatizing state assets in East Germany after German reunification, Detlev Rauschwander.

RAF casualties also included West German Prosecutor General Siegfried Baubach, Dresdner Bank Chairman Jürgen Ponto, business executive Hans Martin Schleger, and senior West German diplomat Gerold von Braunmuhl.

In 1998, a signed letter from the RAF sent to Reuters announced that the organization had been disbanded, and there was no evidence that the former terrorist organization was still active.

Final letter of the Royal German Air Force organization announcing its dissolution

After the case was recently broadcast on television, investigators in Lower Saxony – where many of the burglaries took place – said they had received 161 clues about the possible whereabouts of the suspects.

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Police and special armed units stormed the central train station in the western German city of Wuppertal earlier this month after receiving information that Ernst Volker Staub may have been seen on a train there. Initial suspicions about the man's identity have not been confirmed, authorities said.