Hundreds of National Socialists on the Run in Germany
Amid Jewish-Liberal concern over growing "right-wing terrorism", hundreds of suspects belonging to patriotic groups across Germany are wanted on criminal arrest warrants, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) reported.
Around 467 people had warrants out for their arrest by the end of September, with 82 percent of arrest warrants issued for "theft, fraud, verbal insults and traffic offenses" linked to the right-wing scene, according to BKA. Twelve arrest warrants were issued for "right-wing motivated violence".
Intelligence services have for years been increasing surveillance of nationalist groups which are seen as a "growing threat and capable of carrying out terrorist attacks similar to those that left 50 dead at two mosques in New Zealand". The patriotic terrorist group National Socialist Underground (NSU), killed eight Turkish migrants, one Greek citizen and a German police officer between 2000 and 2007, but the murders had long remained unresolved.
A number of National Socialist groups have been broken up over the past years in Germany. German authorities are increasingly concerned over growing nationalist activity in the country. Since 2016, Germany has conducted an increasing number of nationwide raids targeting patriotic groups, including houses, apartments and other properties believed to be owned by members of such groups, targeting the Reich citizens' movement, known as the Reichsbürgers. As support for the far-right has increased over the last four years, German authorities are increasingly concerned over "growing right-wing terrorism" in the country. Lately, patritoc groups have drawn up several enemy lists containing names and addresses of more than 25,000 people, a parliamentary inquiry revealed in July.