A Persistent Threat: German Federal Police Warn of Neo-Nazi Terrorism

In an internal report, Germany's federal criminal police have warned that the threat of right-wing extremist terrorism remains high in the country. The paper obtained by SPIEGEL notes that in addition to foreigners and immigrants, police, politicians and celebrities could also be at risk.

Weapons seized by police in Germany during raids on suspected neo-Nazis: "The right-wing extremist scene has access to a not insignificant amount of weapons and munitions." Zoom
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Weapons seized by police in Germany during raids on suspected neo-Nazis: "The right-wing extremist scene has access to a not insignificant amount of weapons and munitions."

A little less than one year after the discovery of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) terror cell in Germany, officials at the Federal Office of Criminal Investigation (BKA) still believe the threat posed by right-wing extremist terrorists is great. A classified internal document circulated in July stated, "We must assume that there will be further xenophobic acts of violence by individuals or perpetrator groups in the form of bodily injury also resulting in death in some cases, arson attacks (against asylum seekers' homes, for example) and, in some isolated cases, also homicide."

The BKA document obtained by SPIEGEL said that the violence may not be directed exclusively at foreigners or immigrants, but also against "representatives of the Federal Republic of Germany like politicians, public personalities and police officers." Jewish institutions are also under threat, it said.

Law enforcement attention on right-wing extremists has intensified as part of the investigation of the NSU, which murdered 9 immigrants largely of Turkish origin during a decade-long killing spree. In light of the situation, the BKA also warned of the possibility of copycat crimes. The report stated that right-wing extremist individuals or groups under pressure "may seek to prove they are capable of acting by committing violent crimes."

Investigators point to the attacks perpetrated in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik as an example of the possibilities. They wrote that consideration needs to be given to the potential "formation of previously unknown terror groups within the right-wing spectrum." The report also stated that the current police measures have verified concerns "that the right-wing extremist scene has access to a not insignificant amount of weapons and munitions."

Under the heading of "Terrorist Structures," the report also notes that in addition to the NSU, there are two other current investigations into groups suspected of establishing right-wing terrorist organizations.

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