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Hamburg police hunt cross-dressing armed bank robber

Police in Hamburg are asking for information about an armed bank robber who disguised himself as an old woman on Friday, stole several thousand euros and escaped a huge operation to catch him.

Hamburg police hunt cross-dressing armed bank robber
Is he here somewhere? Photo: DPA

The man, thought to be about 45 years old, entered the Haspa bank on the Spitalerstrasse in the centre of the city wearing a headscarf, glasses and a long coat, according to police information.

He pulled a pistol on the bank teller and then in classic form, handed over a note which read, ‘This is a robbery’, the Hamburger Morgenpost reported.

After being given several thousand euros in cash, the man stormed out of the bank and ran up the street along the famous Jungfernsteig and into town.

Armed police soon swarmed through the city centre, at one point searching a brothel in their hunt for the man.

At least five members of the public were searched as they walked through town, and one man in a car was stopped and checked.

Dozens of police cars and the police helicopter were called out, while metro trains were stopped and searched, but to no avail.

Police are now appealing for any information about the man who they say is around 170cm tall and about 45 years old. He was wearing a dark, long coat, a light-coloured headscarf and a pair of glasses.

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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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