MUNICH, West Germany -- Police killed two neo-Nazis and badly wounded another in a night gunbattle outside Munich with five suspected French and German Neo-Nazis headed for a bank robbery, authorities said Wednesday.
The shootout, in which two policemen were wounded, indicated that right-wing extremists have become increasingly ready to resort to 'terrifying' violence and that international links between neo-Nazis in America and Western Europe were growing, said West German Federal Interior Minister Gerhart Baum.
The shootout occurred outside the home of a known neo-Nazi being staked out by police. A large cache of arms was also seized at the home, police said.
One of the two suspected terrorists killed in the gunbattle late Tuesday in a suburb of Munich was also tied to a group calling itself 'Direct Action' which claimed responsibility for setting the bomb that killed two women and injured 99 others outside an Antwerp synagogue Tuesday, West German television said.
Bavarian Interior Minister Gerold Tandler said a third member of the armed band was severely wounded in the gunfire. Two other men were arrested after the Tuesday night battle in the Munich suburb of Waldperlach, he said.
Minutes after the shooting, police also arrested the leader of a neo-Nazi splinter group, Friedhelm Busse, 52, and an Iranian tenant, also seizing 11 bundles of explosives and ammunition from his garage, police chief Manfred Schreiber said.
Police also seized a carload of guns, hand grenades, ammunition and tear gas at the shootout scene, Schreiber said. He said the band had gotten the arms from Busse's house.
Tandler said the extremists planned to raid a bank outside Munich.
Schreiber said plainclothes police had kept watch on Busse's home after being tipped that right-wingers were meeting there, chased the suspects' car as it left the house and with guns drawn ordered the men to get out.
The men refused and hurled a hand grenade from the car.
A volley of gunfire erupted from both sides for a split second, Schreiber said. Two wounded German terrorists, identified as Kurt Eduard Wolfgram, 21, and Klaus Ludwig Uhl, 24, later died during on the way to a hospital.
The three other men were identified as Pascal Coletta, 19, a French national and driver of the car, and Germans Peter Fabel and Peter Hamberger, both 18.