Israel's secret service agent Mike Harari, who played a major role in planning Mossad's revenge attacks against Palestinian militants implicated in the 1972 Munich massacre of the country's Olympics team, has died. He was 87.

Harari was also involved in planning Israel's rescue of hostages held by militants in Uganda in 1976.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement Monday, calling Harari "one of the great warriors for Israel's security."

Harari, who died on Sunday, was best known for his part in planning Mossad's missions in the aftermath of the Munich attack. The militants first killed two Israeli athletes at the Olympic village in the German city, then took others hostage in an attempt to flee unharmed.

Nine of the hostages were subsequently killed in a gunbattle with German police.