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Germany probes unsolved killings for far-right motive

Published on Dec 4, 2013 11:45 PM

BERLIN (AFP) - Germany will review about 750 unsolved murders and attempted killings dating back more than two decades to assess whether they were motivated by far-right extremism, officials said on Wednesday.

An initial police review of 3,300 unsolved violent crimes between 1990 and 2011 had found that 746 of them, with 849 victims, will need a second look to see whether they were right-wing hate crimes, said the interior ministry.

The outcome is expected in the second quarter of next year, said a ministry spokesman, who cautioned that the review does not mean "that they are indeed crimes motivated by right-wing extremism".

Current statistics say about 60 people were killed in right-wing crimes since Germany's reunification in 1990.

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