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Spokesman says German government will compensate families of 1972 Munich massacre

File Photo from September 5, 1972, shows a member of the Arab commando group which seized members of the Israeli Olympic Team at their quarters at the Munich Olympic Village appearing with a hood over his face on the balcony of the village building where the commandos held several members of the Israeli team hostage. (AP/Kurt Strumpf, File)
File Photo from September 5, 1972, shows a member of the Arab commando group which seized members of the Israeli Olympic Team at their quarters at the Munich Olympic Village appearing with a hood over his face on the balcony of the village building where the commandos held several members of the Israeli team hostage. (AP/Kurt Strumpf, File)

The German government plans to pay compensation to the families of victims slain by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics, according to German media reports.

The spokesperson for the Federal Interior Ministry told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily that the government had reached the decision from “a desire to define the serious consequences for the relatives of the victims in material terms.”

This September will mark 50 years since the attack, in which 11 Israeli athletes and one West German police officer were killed.

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