On this day in 1980, the Oktoberfest terrorist attack happened in Munich.
What was the Oktoberfest terrorist attack?
The Oktoberfest terror attack was a deadly bombing that occurred during the opening ceremony of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, Germany. The attack was carried out by Gundolf Köhler, a German far-right extremist. He planted a bomb in a trash can near the main entrance of the festival grounds. His motive was believed to be driven by his extremist ideology and opposition to the government's immigration policies and perceived leftist influences.
How many people were killed and injured in the Oktoberfest attack?
The attack killed 13 people, including Köhler himself, and injured more than 200 others. Many of the injured suffered severe burns and shrapnel wounds due to the force of the explosion.
What impact did the attack have on Germany?
The attack highlighted the presence of right-wing extremism in West Germany and raised concerns about the potential threat posed by such groups. It also led to increased scrutiny of security measures and efforts to counter domestic terrorism. Memorials and commemorations are held to honor the victims and raise awareness about the dangers of extremism.