Intelligence Destroyed as Nazi Terror Group Exposed’ - the Local
Germany’s domestic intelligence service destroyed files on neo-Nazis linked to the terror gang which claimed the murders of ten people - on the day the killings were traced to them, it has emerged. The interior minister has demanded an explanation.
Hans-Peter Friedrich said on Thursday he had personally called the president of the Federal Office for Protection of the Constitution and told him to tell him what had happened.
The office destroyed at least four files on its informants within a neo-Nazi group which had strong links to the terror group.
Operation Rennsteig used eight informers to infiltrate the Thuringia neo-Nazi group the Thüringer Heimatschutz - from which the neo-Nazi terrorists emerged. The informant operation ran from 1997 until 2003.
The gang, which called itself the National Socialist Underground, killed nine immigrant shop owners, eight Turkish and one Greek, and a policewoman in a murder spree over nearly 13 years.