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Neo-Nazi shoots self as police find his dead son

The Local · 4 Aug 2011, 12:18

Published: 04 Aug 2011 12:18 GMT+02:00

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Anton Pfahler, 65, one of Germany’s best-known neo-Nazis, shot himself in the stomach as officers approached the scene near Ried in Bavaria on Wednesday afternoon, but did not kill himself.

He was operated upon in hospital and is recovering, although he is not yet in a fit condition to be questioned, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Thursday. The body of his 23-year-old son, who has not been named by the media, was found next to him with at a gunshot wound to the head.

Officers found Pfahler sitting outside a hut in the woods after an acquaintance called for help, saying something strange was happening, according to public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk.

As they approached Pfahler, he aimed a gun against his own stomach and pulled the trigger, badly injuring himself, they said.

Now an investigation has been launched to determine under what circumstances Pfahler’s son died.

Anton Pfahler was involved with Gundolf Köhler, the neo-Nazi who carried out the 1980 bomb attack on the Munich Oktoberfest, which killed 13 people including Köhler.

Pfahler and Köhler were members of the banned neo-Nazi organization Wehrsportgruppe Hoffmann. Also during that period, Pfahler belonged to the far-right Viking Youth group.

His property in Oberhausen-Sinning was for years used as a meeting place for German neo-Nazis and a publishing centre for the extremist Deutsche Stimme newspaper. He had said he wanted to establish a community of similarly thinking Germans in the area, who would lead ‘species-specific’ lives.

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In 1999, the Bayerischer Rundfunk reported, he was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison for breaking weapons laws after he was discovered trading with hand grenades and machine guns.

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Your comments about this article

13:57 August 4, 2011 by yourholiness
These kinds of people almost without exception have mental problems. The tragedy is that they inflict them on the rest of us.
14:20 August 4, 2011 by freechoice
why do men have so much hatred? shouldn't we forgive people like him who has turned away from acts of hatred?
15:11 August 4, 2011 by marimay
Ooh he made a bomb attack. I still think I should be afraid of your right wing crazies more than anything. ;)
16:12 August 4, 2011 by StoutViking
@marimay - yes, a once in a quarter of a century right winged bombing, that's what you're ought to be afraid of.

Gimmie a sec there... Ah, right, it's one of those "Holy months". Only 4 days into it, and there were 20 terror acts already, leaving a body count of 49.

Let's see if they break last year's record 226 attacks, which resulted in 1028 deaths.
16:55 August 4, 2011 by lwexcel
.......I know it is pretty easy for people to jump on the bandwagon and speak about how this guy deserved it. But I am left asking the question ... 'who shoots themselves in the stomach?' I mean c'mon if you want to do it you go the whole way. I think the first question he should be asked is 'did you really shoot yourself?'
17:09 August 4, 2011 by adipk
So he was involved in Munich incidence but still no body is declaring him terrorist . Only "extremist" is not enough word for such person. Anyway i think he will start an other sparking discussion after recovering his wounds
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