Germany

Shock in Germany as neo-Nazi group is accused of string of murders

A hitherto unknown neo-Nazi group has been uncovered in Germany, with its members accused of a number of murders, bank robberies and bombings that were carried out over a period of ten years. The group, allegedly named the National Socialist Underground, was only discovered after two men linked with the group were killed and a woman named Beate Z was arrested.

German Chancellor Angela Markel has led calls for an investigation into how the group apparently operated for so long without being identified. There are also claims, denied by authorities, that some of the people involved in the group were informants who were known to German security forces.

The murders allegedly committed by the group include a number of ethnic Turks, an ethnic Greek and a policewoman. The group is said to have been based in the the eastern state of Thuringia, and there are now concerns that there could be a larger underground militant group that has remained undetected in Germany for many years.

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