• Short Summary

    In the wake of the Munich Olympics massacre and the worldwide spate of aircraft hijackings, the West German government has set up a special commando-style police task force in Nuremburg to handle what it calls "extremely serious crimes."
    The initial force, consisting of more than one-hundred men, will be available to combat aircraft hijackings, the holding of hostages, serious bank raids and other sieges.

  • Description

    In the wake of the Munich Olympics massacre and the worldwide spate of aircraft hijackings, the West German government has set up a special commando-style police task force in Nuremburg to handle what it calls "extremely serious crimes."
    The initial force, consisting of more than one-hundred men, will be available to combat aircraft hijackings, the holding of hostages, serious bank raids and other sieges.

    The squad includes sixty-five marksmen armed with high-powered rifle, fitted with telescopic night sights. Their job will be to shoot to kill, while another twenty men in the group are being trained to disable criminals, using hand pistols and unarmed combat techniques.

    The task force members are all volunteers; they'll be on call twenty-four hours a day, and will be engaged in normal police duties until emergencies arise.

    The West Germany government allocated a 4.5 million deuteschmarks (725,000 pounds sterling) budget for the establishment of the force, and has set aside a further 4 million deuteschmarks (645,000 sterling) for its operations in 1974. Similar task forces are to be set up in Munich and Augsburg.

    Meantime the massacre and aircraft hijacking in Rome on Monday (17 December) has resulted in a general tightening of airport security throughout Europe. Two Arab envoys arrived in bonn on Wednesday (19 December) amid heavy security both on the airport tarmac and among passengers and their luggage.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA68LU62220ALPG6DS1OGRPAI5C
    Media URN:
    VLVA68LU62220ALPG6DS1OGRPAI5C
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/12/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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