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Former Palestinian Intelligence Chief Dies


General Amin al-Hindi, a former Palestinian intelligence chief who may have played a role in the deadly 1972 Munich attack on the Israeli Olympics team, has died. He was 70.

Palestinian officials say al-Hindi died of cancer at a hospital in Jordan, Tuesday, after slipping into a coma. They say his body was transported to the West Bank, Wednesday, for burial.

Al-Hindi was a senior security officer in the Fatah party. He also served as head of intelligence services under former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Commandos with "Black September" -- a group linked to Arafat's Fatah faction -- infiltrated the Olympic village in Munich at the 1972 summer games.

The commandoes stormed a dormitory housing Israelis, an attack that led to the deaths of 11 athletes.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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