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Police warn of neo-Nazi terror assassins

A secret report from Germany’s police warns of neo-Nazi attacks, even assassination attempts, on foreigners, prominent politicians and police officers.

Police warn of neo-Nazi terror assassins
Photo: DPA

Der Spiegel magazine said on Sunday it had seen the report which said that attacks “should be expected” against foreigners, Jewish institutions and “representatives of the Federal Republic of Germany, such as politicians, public figures, and police officers.”

The paper from the Federal Office of Criminal Investigation, BKA, dated July 2012, warns the attacks could come from individuals or groups, and could include fatal injuries from arson attacks, possibly on refugee hostels, for example. Potential homicides were also included in the nightmare list.

This latest warning came almost a year after revelations that a right-wing extremist cell calling itself the National Socialist Underground (NSU), was responsible for killing nine men of Turkish and Greek origin and a police officer.

Increased pressure from the investigation against the NSU could provoke new attacks, according to the report. If backed in a corner, the right-wing extremists could “want to prove their own ability to act with violence.”

Such a possibility has led investigators to study the case of Anders Breivik in Norway, the right-wing extremist who was convicted of killing 77 people in July 2011.

Two other current investigations are being led into the suspected founding of right-wing terrorist groups, Spiegel cites from the report.

The far-right scene has a not inconsiderable stock of weapons and ammunition, the report said.

The Local/mbw

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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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