Links between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Wehrsportsgruppe Hoffmann, the largest neo-Nazi paramilitary organization in West Germany, were reported today in Die Welt. The daily said that West German security agencies are informed on these contacts.
Wehrsportsgruppe Hoffmann was held responsible for the bomb explosion at the Munich Oktoberfest Sept. 26 in which 12 persons were killed, although its leader, Karl-Heinz Hoffmann and five associates were released from-custody for lock of evidence. One of the 213 people injured in the Munich outrage, a 17-year-old boy, died today in the hospital. Four others are reported to be on the critical list.
According to Die Welt, the paramilitary group 4 as a record of associations with the PLO going back several years. The paper also reported that members of the Hoffmann group drove German trucks to Palestinian terrorists in Lebanon. A convoy of similar trucks driven by neo-Nazis was seen on a highway in Bavaria shortly after the Munich outrage.
According to Die Welt, PLO terrorists and neo-Nazis have organized public meetings in recent years. The National Zeitung, the largest neo-Nazi newspaper in West Germany, published in Munich, has consistently supported the PLO. A neo-Nazi activist, Udo Albrecht, 40, was arrested four years ago with PLO papers.
When apprehended, Albrecht had 80,000 Swiss Francs in his possession and a bank withdrawal receipt for 14,000 Francs. The German authorities established that the money was given to him by PLO officials for arms purchases. Albrecht was also accused of recruiting neo-Nazi Germans for PLO raids on Israel. He is presently in a prison near Bonn.
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