Shamir Ran Mossad Hit Squad, Paper Says

Reuters

Defeated Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir ran a German-hunting hit squad for the Mossad spy agency in the 1950s and 1960s, Israel's Haaretz newspaper said Friday.

"Shamir and his men were especially active in a campaign of threats, intimidations and assassinations against German scientists working to develop missiles and other advanced weapons for Egypt," the independent daily reported.

In the story by author Yossi Melman, the newspaper said Shamir--based in Paris--sent a team on two failed attempts to kill an ex-Nazi rocket scientist.

It hinted that the team was also behind the murders of three Eastern Europeans suspected of having helped the Nazis and taking part in the mass killings of Jews during World War II.

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