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Police arrest armed naked man

Police in central Germany on Monday arrested an armed man covered in blood who had been running naked down a main road. He is believed to be a Polish citizen.

Police arrest armed naked man
Police sent up a helicopter to find the man. Photo: DPA

Early on Monday morning, residents spotted the 31-year-old unnamed man armed with a knife, naked and covered in blood.

He was running down the main road in Erbach in the central German state of Hesse, police said.

Alarmed residents alerted police, who launched a manhunt.

They eventually tracked him down to the town's marketplace with the help of a police helicopter.

He was arrested and taken to a psychiatric clinic.

Police said they believed the blood had come from injuries he had inflicted on himself, but said they would investigate further.

Although this time police were able to arrest the man without a struggle, the case is reminiscent of an incident a year earlier in June 2013.

Then, police shot dead a naked man who had been cutting himself in the fountain on Berlin's Alexanderplatz with a large knife.

When approached by police, the man reportedly lunged at an officer, who shot him in the chest. The disturbed man later died of his injuries.

SEE ALSO: Berlin police say lethal shot was 'defence'

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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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