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Neo-Nazi murders, film confession shock Germany

Reuters 11/14/2011 19:28
Neo-Nazi murders, film confession shock Germany - Germany

Germany's Interior Minister warned on Sunday of a "new form of far-right terrorism" as details emerged of a grotesque film left by members of a neo-Nazi cell in eastern Germany, in which they claimed the murder of nine immigrants between 2000 and 2006.

Prosecutors said on Sunday that police had arrested a suspected accomplice of the group, which referred to itself in the film as the "Nationalist Socialist Underground," and which is also thought to be behind the murder of a policewoman in 2007 and a bomb attack on a Turkish area of Cologne in 2004.

The revelations, which have caused shock and outrage across Germany, began after police found the bodies of two men, Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Boehnhardt, both with far-right links, in a mobile home in Eisenach last week. Police believe they committed suicide after a botched bank robbery.

Shortly after the discovery investigators searched a burned-out house in Zwickau, used by the men and one woman, "Beate Z," who later handed herself in to police. There they found guns used in the murder of the policewoman and of the nine vendors, eight of whom were of Turkish background and the other a Greek.

All had run small businesses or fast-food stands, in cities across Germany, leading to the killings being dubbed the "doner murders."

Police also found a 15-minute film recorded on DVDs ready to be sent to Islamic cultural organizations and the media.

The German magazine Spiegel printed stills from the film showing the murder victims' bodies and carried grotesque montages using the cartoon figure of the Pink Panther to point out the scenes of the killings.

"Germany Tour -- Nine Turks shot" said a placard in one cartoon scene.