Palestinian tied to 1972 Munich attack dies

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Top Palestinian officials on Wednesday attended a military funeral for Amin al-Hindi, a senior Palestinian tied to the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre who died a day earlier at the age of 72.

President Mahmud Abbas and prime minister Salam Fayyad both attended the funeral for Hindi, who was a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's Fatah party and also headed up intelligence services under the late Yasser Arafat.

The body of Hindi, who was from Gaza City, was then driven to the Hamas-ruled enclave, where it was to be buried later on Wednesday, officials said.

Several leaders of the Fatah Central Committee and the Fatah Revolutionary Council were accompanying the body to Gaza where the funeral was to take place at 3:30 pm (1330 GMT).

Hindi died on Tuesday night in Amman after being treated for cancer, the Palestinian ambassador to Amman, Atallah Kheiry, told AFP in the Jordanian capital.

"Hindi was moved to the King Hussein Medical Centre in Amman six months ago after cancer treatment, and doctors removed a large part of his liver," Kheiry told AFP.

"After that he went into a coma and died on Tuesday night."

Hindi's death comes little more than a month after that of Palestinian leader Abu Daoud, who planned the deadly Munich attack that killed 11 Israeli athletes.

Daoud, whose real name was Mohammed Daoud Odeh, died in Damascus on July 3. He was 73.

A member of the Palestinian parliament as well as Fatah, Daoud was best known for organising the Munich attack which he claimed responsibility for in his 1999 book "Palestine, from Jerusalem to Munich".


© 2010 AFP

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