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State-wide manhunt in southern Germany after man fatally shoots three

A large-scale police operation was underway in Baden-Württemberg on Friday morning, as police hunt a man they believe shot his son and two adult friends.

State-wide manhunt in southern Germany after man fatally shoots three
Photo: DPA.

As many as 100 police officers are currently involved in the search for a 40-year-old man, who is suspected of shooting and killing his six-year-old son and two adult friends on Thursday evening.

The shooting happened at around 10pm in an upscale neighbourhood of the town of Villingendorf, around 100km south of Stuttgart.

By the time police arrived at the murder scene the boy and an adult man had already died. A woman was still alive, but succumbed to her wounds as she was given emergency treatment.

The boy’s mother was also at the scene as the shooting happened, but was able to escape.

After police arrived at the house they heard shots being fired in a nearby forest. A helicopter was called in to take up the hunt by air, but the operation had to be called off due to fog reducing visibility.

The focus of the search is currently on the Autobahns in the southern state, while checks at state and national border crossings have been intensified.

The suspect has been named as Drazen D., a 40 year old, with short, dark hair and brown eyes. He is possibly driving a green Seat Ibiza, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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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