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Eyewitness to Attack

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An Israeli weight lifting coach, who was among those who escaped the terrorist attack, described the pre-dawn attack in a television interview from Munich tonight. Tuvia Sokolsky said he was suddenly awakened by a yell from one of the other athletes, “Run, we are attacked.”

Sokolsky said he jumped from his bed and saw Joseph Gutfreund, a wrestling referee identified as one of the nine hostages held by the terrorists, struggling with a masked man at the door. Sokolsky said he ran to a window, forced it open and jumped out. At that moment, he heard bursts of gunfire. He ran till he found a watchman and called for help.

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