Police learned that one of the Munich attackers was living in Berlin: report



German police have learned that one of the Palestinians who took Israeli athletes hostage during the 1972 Munich Olympics lived in Berlin for several years after the attack, the Suddeutsche Zeitung daily writes on Saturday.

On September 5, 1972, eight gunmen from the Palestinian armed group Black September broke into the apartment of the Israeli team in the Olympic Village, killing two and taking nine Israelis hostage.

West German police responded with a failed rescue operation in which the nine hostages were killed, along with five of the eight hostage-takers and a police officer.

The three remaining hijackers were captured, but released weeks later in an exchange when gunmen hijacked a Lufthansa plane on October 29, 1972, and demanded their release.

Furious over the chain of events, Israel launched Operation Wrath of God to track down the leaders of Black September.

The German daily said on Saturday that one of the three Palestinians released had lived for years in Berlin, citing a report in the Munich police archive.

According to the report, the Munich police – who were responsible for investigating the attack – were informed by the BKA that the Palestinian in question was living in West Berlin and that he went to East Berlin almost daily to work in the office. Palestine’s libiration organisation.

In response to a call to AFP, the Bavarian Interior Ministry had no immediate comment.

After the release of the three hijackers, a theory emerged that West Germany facilitated their release in order to avoid further operations by Palestinian militants on its territory.

“We can ask the question whether the police really want to act or whether they want to forgo arresting someone to avoid a new attack by Palestinian militants” in West Germany, German historian Dominic Ofleger, who had access to the same documents as the newspaper for his research on The attack, he told the newspaper.

On the 50th anniversary of the attack in September, Germany asked for a “pardon” from the families of the Israeli victims.

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