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Neo-Nazi thugs young and uneducated

Neo-Nazi delinquents are mostly young people with low levels of educational achievement, a new report shows.

The study, from the Berlin office for the protection of the constitution, said most attacks were not planned. Ehrhart Körting (SPD), Berlin senator for the interior, presented the study on Thursday:

“The avoidance of rightwing violence and the development of preventative and intervening measures remains a task for all of society,” Ehrhart told the Berliner Zeitung.

The study included 300 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 who have committed violent crimes with far-right associations.

The researchers focused on the sequence of events involved in the crimes, the location of the crimes and other distinctive features of the crimes and the people who committed them such as where the delinquents lived, their age, their education and criminal record.

Most crimes committed by rightwing extremists are carried out near where the delinquents live and usually take place where groups of neo-Nazi youth meet. This study was a follow-up of previous studies on rightwing violence conducted in 1998 and 2003.

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German police probe fatal knife attack on schoolgirl

Police were on Tuesday investigating a motive behind the fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old girl on her way to school in Baden-Württemberg in a case that made national headlines.

German police probe fatal knife attack on schoolgirl

According to police, a 27-year-old man attacked two girls on the street with a knife as they walked to school Monday morning in the small town of Illerkirchberg near Ulm.

The victim, a German girl with a Turkish family background, was revived at the scene but later died in hospital, police said.

A 13-year-old girl was also hurt in the incident but did not suffer
life-threatening injuries.

Police apprehended the suspect at “nearby asylum seekers’ accommodation”, they said.

The alleged aggressor was injured when he was stopped by police and was taken to receive medical treatment. He was currently being held in hospital under guard.

Google Maps shows the town of Illerkirchberg, which has a little over 5,000 residents, and sits on the border with Bavaria.

“We will fully investigate this terrible act,” announced Thomas Strobl, Baden-Württemberg’s Interior Minister on Monday. “We are deeply affected…when the life of an innocent child is so brutally taken.”

The crime has taken on a political dimension because the suspect is an asylum seeker from Eritrea. Several politicians from Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) used the crime to question the country’s immigration policies. 

In the statement, a police spokesperson asked people “not to harbour general suspicions against strangers, or asylum seekers in general, or to encourage or support such suspicions.”

She said she was aware “that events of this kind stir up fears and emotions.”

The Turkish ambassador to Germany, Ahmet Basar Sen, was set to visit the scene of the crime Tuesday with  Strobl, and the mayor of Illerkirchberg.

“I mourn the girl who was killed and sincerely hope that the injured girl will recover,” Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser posted on Twitter Monday.

“The police are urgently investigating the background” of the attack, she said.

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