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Terrorist Group Claims Responsibility for Attack on Staffing Agencys German Office

February 4, 2010
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A terrorist organization called Morning Light Movement (Bewegung Morgenlicht) has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack Sunday, January 31, on the offices of staffing company Randstad in Frankfurt, Germany.

The group sent a letter to the German tabloid Bild saying the attack was a protest against temporary employment, which it refers to as “modern slavery.” The letter said that “with this action we protest against temporary employment which is immoral, against common decency and exploits human beings.”

Police spokesman Alexander Loehr told Bild that “at midnight on Sunday, masked people threw a lit petrol bomb into the letter box of Randstad Deutschland. Fire broke out and the heat destroyed a shopping window. The interior of the building filled up with smoke.”

The fire brigade arrived within minutes, thereby limiting damages to €15,000 ($21,000). There were no injuries.

The incident follows the recent “Schlecker Scandal,” in which Europe’s largest drugstore chain laid off large numbers of employees and then re-employed them via an in-house temporary employment agency at vastly reduced rates.
 
The Hesse state criminal police and state security have been put on highest alert. Morning Light Movement also claimed responsibility for attacks on banks in Frankfurt last year and said it was behind a fake pipe bomb sent to the office of Hesse state Gov. Roland Koch. The Financial Times Deutschland said the bank attacks appeared to be styled after the actions of the far-left Red Army Faction, a group that terrorized Germany during the 1970s and 80s.

Randstad was not offering any comment on the attack while the police investigation is ongoing.

Filed by Staffing Industry Analysts, a sister company of Workforce Management. To comment, e-mail editors@workforce.com.

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