Relatives of a teenage hostage killed during a shootout between bandits and police say they are taking legal action against law officials in the gun battle that ended a 54-hour hostage-taking spree.

"She (hostage Silke Bischof) would still be alive today if police had acted in a different way," said Gerold Bischof, uncle of the 18-year-old Bremen woman.Thursday's gun battle on a highway near Bonn ended a bloody rampage across West Germany and the Netherlands by two bank robbers and a female accomplice.