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Pensioner shoots dead teen intruder

A 77-year-old pensioner shot and killed one of five masked intruders in his Lower Saxony home, police said on Tuesday. The other four burglars remain on the loose.

Pensioner shoots dead teen intruder
Photo: Polizeiinspektion Rotenburg

The elderly man from the town of Sittensen was walking to a dog kennel in his garden around 10 pm on Monday when he was approached by the group, who forced him back inside his home, police spokesman Detlev Kaldinski said in a statement.

There they stole his wallet and moved on to search the rest of the house.

But when they set off an alarm trying to open a safe, the pensioner decided to defend himself.

“The retiree, who as a hunter is also a gun owner, was able to get a pistol, shooting one offender dead,” the statement said.

Police await confirmation, but believe he was a 16-year-old German-Albanian boy with a long record of criminal activity. An autopsy is pending.

The other four burglars fled.

The suspects are reportedly between 20 and 30-years-old and speak broken German. They were of average stature and wearing dark clothing.

Overnight authorities launched a widespread search for the suspects, sending some 30 officers out with scent dogs, infrared cameras and a helicopter.

Witnesses in the area have been asked to report any suspicious activity in the area, particularly any speeding vehicles headed towards Appel.

The Local/ka

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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