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On September 5, 1972, at 4:30 a.m., eight Palestinian terrorists, members of the Black September organization, forcefully entered the accommodation building of the Israeli delegation in the Olympic Village at the Munich Olympic Games. Two sportsmen were brutally murdered and nine were taken hostage during the initial attack. For almost 20 hours, the nine remaining Olympians were tied together and held hostage in the Olympic Village by terrorists armed with automatic weapons and hand-grenades. At the end of a day of intensely nerve-wrecking negotiations, the Palestinian terrorists demanded they and their Israeli hostages be flown to an Arab country. At around 10:30 p.m. the athletes and their captors were driven to a far corner of the Olympic Villages, where two helicopters waited and flew them to Fuerstenfeldbruck airport, near Munich. Attempts by German security forces to rescue the Israeli hostages at the airport utterly failed. Their incompetence resulted in the murder of the nine Israeli hostages.

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