Neo-Nazi terrorists considered age when selecting victims

January 16, 2012, Monday/ 16:59:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Reports and documents seized from a neo-nazi terrorist cell during an investigation into neo-Nazi killings in Germany reveal that the terrorists considered the ages of their victims when choosing targets, according to the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel.

Der Spiegel published several statements take from reports and documents that were seized during the course of an investigation into a neo-Nazi terrorist cell that was discovered in Germany in November of last year and is believed to have links to German intelligence agencies. The terrorist cell is responsible for the deaths of at least 10 people, including one Greek and eight Turkish immigrants. The cell has been attributed to the extreme-rightist National Socialist Underground (NSU), which targets immigrants in Germany.

According to the newsmagazine, NSU members chose victims in their reproductive prime in order to “protect the German race” from the rapid increase of minority populations in Germany. According to reports confiscated from the neo-Nazi terrorist cell, the NSU terrorists had intended to kill a 60-year-old Turkish businessman, but they called off the murder because the businessman was too old. In their report they stated, “This man is a good target, but he is too old,” arguing that he was no longer a threat to the German race due to his age.

That the neo-Nazi victims killed between 2000 and 2006 were in their 30s supports such comments in the seized documents.

That eight of those murdered by the neo-Nazi cell were Turkish sparked outrage in Turkey, with officials demanding a thorough investigation into the murders. German federal prosecutors took over the investigation of the neo-Nazi case on Nov. 18 in line with German anti-terrorism laws, listing the NSU as a domestic terrorist organization.

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