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Second young woman found dead in Freiburg

Only weeks after the body of a 19-year-old woman was found in a river in the wealthy southern city of Freiburg, another woman's body has been found. Both had been raped before their deaths, police say.

Second young woman found dead in Freiburg
Freiburg. Photo: DPA

Police in Freiburg confirmed on Friday that Carolin Gruber, 27, whose body had been found in a forest to the northwest of the city on Thursday, had been raped and then murdered.

On Sunday Gruber had gone out jogging alone, intending to return home after an hour. When she failed to reappear, police initiated an extensive search operation that lasted several days.

Less than a month earlier on October 16th, a 19-year-old woman’s body was found in the Dreisam river in Freiburg. The student was on her way home from a party on her bike when she was attacked.

A post mortem also revealed that she had been raped before her death.

Police are not sure whether she was drowned by her attacker or whether she fell into the river and drowned thereafter.

Investigators are now looking into whether the two cases are related to each other. There is as yet no concrete evidence to suggest that the same man attacked the two women.

Police are appealing to anyone who might have seen Gruber, or anyone acting suspiciously in the Endingen and Bahling areas northwest of Freiburg, after 3pm on Sunday.

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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