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Rüsselsheim shooting suspects hand themselves in to police

A number of suspects in the Rüsselsheim ice cream parlour shooting in which three people were killed and another seriously wounded, have handed themselves in to the police.

Rüsselsheim shooting suspects hand themselves in to police
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Udo Bühler, spokesman for the Hessian state police, told the website of daily Die Welt on Thursday that several suspects showed up at the main police station.

The wounded man, a 31-year-old from Wiesbaden, who has been kept under police guard since the shooting on Tuesday evening, will be questioned by a bail judge on Thursday afternoon.

Two men aged 28 and 49 were arrested on Tuesday night, but the level of their alleged involvement is not yet clear.

A special investigation team has been established to delve into the background of the case, which is said to have started last weekend in front of a club in Mainz. It is thought to have been caused by a case of injured pride.

Investigators have told journalists that all those thought to have been involved are of Turkish background.

It seems four or five men attacked a group of three or four men sitting at a table in the ice cream parlour in Rüsselsheim and that at least one gun and several knives were used during the ensuing fight.

One of the dead men, as well as the injured man are said to be 26- and 31-year-old brothers, and to have been part of the attacking group. The other dead man is a 29-year-old from Raunheim.

The third victim was a 55-year-old Greek woman who was sitting drinking a coffee in the next-door restaurant and had nothing to do with the fight. She was hit by a bullet in the stomach and died at the scene.

GERMANY AND ISRAEL

Germany in talks on further payout for 1972 Olympics victims

The German government says it is in talks over further compensation for victims of the attack on the Munich Olympics, as the 50th anniversary of the atrocity approaches.

Germany in talks on further payout for 1972 Olympics victims

Ahead of the commemoration in September, relatives of the Israelis killed have indicated they are unhappy with what Germany is offering.

“Conversations based on trust are taking place with representatives of the victims’ families,” a German interior ministry spokesman told AFP when asked about the negotiations.

He did not specify who would benefit or how much money had been earmarked, saying only that any package would “again” be financed by the federal government, the state of Bavaria and the city of Munich.

On September 5th, 1972, eight gunmen broke into the Israeli team’s flat at the Olympic village, shooting dead two and taking nine Israelis hostage, threatening to kill them unless 232 Palestinian prisoners were released.

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

An armed police officer in a tracksuit secures the block where terrorists  held Israeli hostages at the Olympic Village in Munich on 5th September 1972.

An armed police officer in a tracksuit secures the block where terrorists held Israeli hostages at the Olympic Village in Munich on 5th September 1972. Photo: picture alliance / dpa | Horst Ossingert

The spokeswoman for the victims’ families, Ankie Spitzer, told the German media group RND that the amount currently on the table was “insulting” and threatened a boycott of this year’s commemorations.

She said Berlin was offering a total of €10 million including around €4.5 million already provided in compensation between 1972 and 2002 — an amount she said did not correspond to international standards. 

“We are angry and disappointed,” said Spitzer, the widow of fencing coach Andre Spitzer who was killed in the attack. “We never wanted to talk publicly about money but now we are forced to.”

RND reported that the German and Israeli governments would like to see an accord by August 15th.

The interior ministry spokesman said that beyond compensation, Germany intended to use the anniversary for fresh “historical appraisal, remembrance and recognition”.

He said this would include the formation of a commission of German and Israeli historians to “comprehensively” establish what happened “from the perspective of the year 2022”.

This would lead to “an offer of further acts of acknowledgement of the relatives of the victims of the attack” and the “grave consequences” they suffered.

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