Wanted poster from January 1985:

At that time, investigators were looking for the so-called third generation of the Red Army Faction (RAF), Baader-Meinhof's "grandchildren."

A group of six people were caught in 1984.

Nevertheless, the left-wing terrorists committed a

series of murders that only ended in 1993.

This photo series was published for the first time in 2016.




Ernst-Volker Staub, Daniela Klette and Burkhard Garweg

(from left) are considered to be part of the third generation of the RAF.

The police believe that they are responsible for several robberies on banks and cash-in-transit vehicles.

Photo: DPA/BKA

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Chronicle of the RAF murders:

The fatal attack on Ernst Zimmermann on February 1, 1985 is considered the first murder by the third generation of the Red Army Faction.

After a fake letter carrier rings, another terrorist shoots the head of the MTU arms company at close range with his submachine gun in his home near Munich.

The perpetrators have not yet been identified.

Photo: Wolfgang Rattay / AP


Just because of the ID:

On August 8, 1985, RAF terrorists approached the US soldier Edward Pimental in a discotheque in Wiesbaden.

They lure the man into a forest and kill him with a shot in the back of the head.

The women take his ID card.

Photo: AP

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Huge explosion:

With Pimental's ID card, the RAF manages to smuggle a VW Passat full of explosives through the controls at Rhein-Main Air Base.

The car bomb kills a US soldier and a civilian employee and several people are injured.

Birgit Hogefeld and Eva Haule are sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Pimental and the bomb attack.

Haule was released in 2007, Hogefeld was released in 2011.

Photo: picture alliance / AP

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Electronic booby trap:

In the early morning of July 9, 1986, a remote-controlled bomb ripped apart the vehicle of Siemens board member Karl-Heinz Beckurt.

The manager and his driver Eckhard Groppler are killed in the attack in Straßlach near Munich.

RAF member Horst Ludwig Meyer is said to have been involved in the attack.

There was never a trial because Meyer was killed in a shootout with the police in Vienna in 1999.

Photo: Thomas Gaulke / picture alliance / dpa

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Shots on the street:

When Gerold von Braunmühl got out of the taxi on October 10, 1986, two people shot the diplomat in front of his home in Bonn-Ippendorf.

A month later, the victim's five brothers published an open letter to the RAF.

In 1996, two brothers and a son of the dead man visited the terrorist Hogefeld in prison.

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Explosion via light barrier:

On November 30, 1989, a bomb detonated next to the limousine of Deutsche Bank boss Alfred Herrhausen.

The explosive device was on a prepared bicycle on the side of the road.

Herrhausen bleeds to death, his chauffeur survives with minor injuries.

The perpetrators have not yet been identified.

Photo: Kurt Strumpf / AP

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Assassination attempt:

On July 27, 1990, an RAF commando carried out a bomb attack on Hans Neusel's unarmored car in Bonn-Auerberg.

The State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of the Interior survives because his driver is on vacation and, for once, he is behind the wheel, but the bomb is aimed at the passenger side.

This explosive device is also detonated with a light barrier.

Photo: Sven Simon / IMAGO

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In the RAF's sights:

On April 1, 1991, a sniper murdered the head of the Treuhandanstalt, Detlev Karsten Rohwedder.

The first shot, which penetrated the window of his house from a distance of 63 meters, killed him.

A second bullet injured his wife.

Investigators found a towel at the crime scene, and a DNA analysis carried out in 2001 assigned a hair found there to RAF member Wolfgang Grams.

Photo: Roland Weihrauch / AP

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Destroyed before opening:

On the night of March 26th to 27th, 1993, around 200 kilograms of explosives detonated on the construction site of Weiterstadt Correctional Facility.

Three accommodation buildings and the administration wing are destroyed, the damage amounts to more than 100 million German marks.

Nobody gets hurt.

The suspects are Daniela Klette, Ernst-Volker Staub and Burkhard Garweg - the three RAF members who have recently been increasingly searched for by the police.

Photo: Frank Kleefeldt / picture-alliance / dpa

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Firefight in the small town train station:

On June 25, 1993, dozens of officers were on duty around the train station in Bad Kleinen in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

There the RAF members Wolfgang Grams and Birgit Hogefeld meet the undercover agent Klaus Steinmetz.

The investigators want to arrest the terrorists they are looking for.

The plan fails and there is an exchange of fire.

GSG-9 officer Michael Newrzella is fatally shot - he is the RAF's last victim.

Grams is initially only shot, but then dies.

After years of investigation, the judiciary comes to the conclusion that Grams shot himself.

Hogefeld is arrested.

Photo: Frank Hormann / AP


Finally over:

On April 20, 1998, the Reuters news agency received a letter in which the RAF announced its dissolution.

But there are still many myths surrounding the third generation in particular.

Photo: © HO Old / Reuters