Luckily the terrorists had only wanted to harm the facility and no people: they let the bomb explode at 3 a.m. on a Sunday and told a priest to tell the security guard to get out in time. Thus nobody was hurt.
The bomb was planted by the RAF (Rote Armee Fraktion) headed by the famous Baader-Meinhof gang. They left a very long and boring politically confused 8-page letter nearby turgidly explaining their actions - quite fascinating in its misguidedness. Apparently they thought that the IBM Research Centre with its computer networking activities was supporting the "Rasterfahndung" (whereby a terrorists are identified by computers, databases, telecommunications networks etc.). This was not true.
However in other respects they had done their homework: they knew where
it hurts most. The sensitive parts of the building are the computer centre
and the best thing to destroy is the data on disk drives - not the more
easily replaceable processors. The bomb was hidden in a fire extinguisher
which was placed outside this critical spot. They caused several million
DMs of damage and caused severe disruption to our work for several weeks.
|The holes in our computer centre:
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