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Police in southern Germany catch suspected murderer after five-day manhunt

A 40-year-old fugitive was arrested in Baden-Württemberg on Tuesday afternoon. Police suspect him of murdering his son and two other people at a party to celebrate the boy's first day at school.

Police in southern Germany catch suspected murderer after five-day manhunt
Police search for the suspect in the vicinity of Villingendorf. Photo: DPA

The suspect was carrying several bags with him at the time of his arrest, one of which contained a weapon, police sources told DPA. Investigators believe that the weapon is the gun which he used to shoot his three victims.

Police say that the suspect “didn’t look like he had spent the past five days on the run outside.” They are now trying to establish whether someone provided him with a place to stay after he disappeared last Thursday.

The suspect, Drazen D., had a long police record, including for assault.

He is suspected of shooting his six-year-old son, his ex-wife’s partner and a cousin of the partner at a private party to celebrate his son starting school on Thursday in the town of Villingendorf.

The boy’s mother managed to escape the attack and found safety at a neighbour's house.

A three-year-old girl was also present at the party, but she survived.

Drazen D.'s ex-wife had repeatedly reported him to the police and a court had handed him a restraining order. According to unconfirmed media reports, he had threatened his ex-wife before the attack.

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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