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German neo-Nazis suspected of involvement in more violence

Berlin, Germany, 13.1.2012 19:25, (ROMEA)

News server Novinky.cz reports that the German neo-Nazi group “National Socialist Underground” (NSU) is suspected of having committed more murders than just the 10 reported so far. The newspaper Tagesanzeiger reports that the group may also have been behind the murder of a rabbi in Switzerland still under investigation by police there. Newspaper Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung has also reported that it is highly likely the group was also behind an attempted murder in Duisburg in December 2003.

It is highly probably that the three-member cell committed the attempted murder in Duisburg. Their attacks primarily targeted the employees and managers of Turkish restaurants and fast-food outlets, murdering one Greek and eight Turkish immigrants. The scene of the attempted attack in Duisburg fits the profile.

The target of that attack was an employee of a local Turkish restaurant. A trap was set for him: The trigger of a rifle was connected to the restaurant’s vehicle and then aimed at the vehicle. When someone sat in the driver's seat, the trigger fired. The bullet flew through the windshield and seriously injured the driver in the shoulder. An acquaintance of the injured man took him to hospital.

The Tagesanzeiger newspaper speculated last month that the trio had murdered a rabbi in Switzerland. Rabbi Abraham Grünbaum was murdered on 7 June 2001 in Zurich as he was walking to synagogue. The murderer shot him from a distance of two meters, firing two bullets at his head.

Even though CCTV footage captured an image of the murderer, he was never apprehended. The circumstantial evidence in the case is weak. It includes the information that the group visited Switzerland at least once and their ČZ pistol was registered in that country. The group is also suspected of having committed 14 bank robberies and two attacks with the aid of explosives.

Gwendolyn Albert, Novinky.cz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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