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    German Neo-Nazis Linked to Murders

    FILES - Picture taken on November 9, 2011 shows police officers accompanying 36-years old suspect Beate Z., who hides under a blanket, as they leave a building of the public prosecution in Zwickau, eastern Germany. Beate Z., a militant neo nazi, had turned herself in to the police on November 8, 2011. A weapon discovered in the debris of her burnt house is brought in connection with a series of murders of nine men of Turkish and Greek origin between 2000 and 2006. Another weapon, which belonged to a female police officer killed in 2007 in Heilbronn, was found in the caravan of two dead flat mates of Beate Z. Evidences found in the burnt flat of the trio indicate that the murders could have been motivated by a right extremist background. The strange case has emerged fears in Germany that the crimes were committed by a right extremist network, a terrorist "Brown Army Faction", as some media called it on November 12, 2011.     AFP PHOTO    JAN WOITAS    GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JAN WOITAS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Police in Germany have busted a neo-Nazi ring they believe carried out at least 10 murders over the past 10 years. The plot began to unravel on Nov. 4, when police hunted down two men, Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Böhnhardt, who had just robbed a bank. The men killed themselves, but police found weapons belonging to two police officers who were shot in 2007, one of whom was killed. Police then wanted to search the apartment where the men had been living, but another member of their group blew up the residence before they arrived. Still, police recovered a murder weapon, propaganda videos, and other evidence and have made two arrests. In addition to the murders, the group is suspected of at least 14 bank robberies and detonating a bomb in Cologne in 2004, injuring 22 people. There are also now allegations that members of the group worked as informants for Germany’s domestic intelligence service.

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