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German elite police unit plans expansion as risk of attacks rises | Thomson Reuters Foundation News
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German elite police unit plans expansion as risk of attacks rises | Thomson Reuters Foundation News

Germany’s elite special police unit is hiring more staff and will open a new centre in Berlin because the threat of militant attacks in the capital is higher than in the west of the country where it is currently based, its chief said on Monday.

German security officials have been on high alert since a failed asylum seeker killed 12 people by ploughing a truck in Christmas market in Berlin in December 2016.

The GSG-9, as the unit is known, was founded some 45 years ago after German police lacking special forces that include snipers and negotiators bungled an operation to save Israeli athletes kidnapped by Palestinian militants at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.

Eleven Israelis, a German policeman as well as five of the Palestinian gunmen, died after a stand-off at the poorly secured athletes village and then a nearby airfield.

Source: German elite police unit plans expansion as risk of attacks rises | Thomson Reuters Foundation News