Munich Olympics attack terrorist dies

By Jennifer Lipman, August 18, 2010
The Munich massacre memorial, Tel Aviv (Photo: Avishai Teicher)

The Munich massacre memorial, Tel Aviv (Photo: Avishai Teicher)

A senior Palestine Liberation Organisation officer who was implicated in the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre has died at age 70.

Amin al-Hindi, who was a close associate of Yasser Arafat, was never prosecuted for the attack, in which 11 Israeli athletes and a West German police officer were taken hostage and then murdered.

Mr al-Hindi, who ran the Palestinian General Intelligence Service under Arafat and was also a senior security officer for Fatah in the 1970s, will be buried in the Gaza Strip.

He died of cancer of the liver and pancreas in a Jordanian hospital, following surgery.

In 2006 it emerged that he was one of several senior Palestinian officials involved in using international aid money to purchase weapons and ammunition to fight against Israel.

Mohammed Oudeh, another of the terrorists linked to the planning of the attack, died in July.

Tributes to the Munich victims have been planned for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, which will mark the 40th anniversary of the massacre.

Last updated: 2:36pm, August 18 2010