Herr Peter Lorenz, leader of the West Berlin branch of the opposition Christian Democratic Party, was kidnapped in the city on Thursday (27 February).
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Background: Herr Peter Lorenz, leader of the West Berlin branch of the opposition Christian Democratic Party, was kidnapped in the city on Thursday (27 February).
Policy said the 52-year-old father of two was kidnapped at gunpoint soon after he left his home -- in the residential suburb of Zehlendorf -- for his office. Two men and a woman armed with a sub-machine gun dragged his chauffeur from Herr Lorenz's car and drove away with him.
Herr Lorenz is leading his party's campaign in elections for West Berlin's ruling Senate due this weekend. The party is the conservative opposition both in the West Berlin Senate and the Federal Parliament in Bonn.
Soon after the news of the kidnapping was released, the city's ruling Social Democrats abandoned their election campaign and called on other parties to follow suit. But there has been no immediate in dictation that Sunday's elections would be postponed.
Police activity after the kidnapping has been intense. Security at the city's airports has been tightened and extensive house searches made. Security measures to protect other politicians in West Berlin have also been stepped up.