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Hamburg police hunt man who slit two-year-old daughter’s throat

Authorities in Hamburg are searching for a 33-year-old man who they suspect killed his own child before fleeing the scene of the crime.

Hamburg police hunt man who slit two-year-old daughter’s throat
Police remove a body from the scene of the murder. Photo: DPA

The mother of the two-year-old had gone to police on Monday evening to report her husband for threatening her, a police spokesperson said.

Officers then accompanied the woman to the home of her family, who come from Pakistan. The police intended to tell her husband that he was no longer allowed to remain on the premises.

Instead they found the body of the couple's two-year-old daughter, with her throat slit. The father meanwhile was no longer there.

Medical teams were called in to treat the mother, who suffered an immediate shock. The couple's six-year-old son also had to be cared for.

Fatma Keklik, a neighbour of the family in the Neugraben-Fischbeck district, described the man as “highly aggressive.”

“It’s horrible, sad,” she said. “It is crazy. I could use real swear words right now.”

She reported that the police had often come to the house after the couple had had arguments, and child welfare authorities had also been there.

Keklik said that the woman had clearly been banned from talking to any of the neighbours and wasn’t even allowed to say hello.

Saliha Gajiran, a woman who works in a nearby bakery, said that “we are really worried.”

She described police patrols crawling through the area and said she had had her husband pick her up from work as a precaution.

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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