German Neo-Nazi victims to be compensated

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The Independent Online

Germany has pledged to compensate families of victims of neo-Nazi killings and hold a memorial service, moving to calm anger over suspicions that a far-right cell killed at least 10 people over a decade without being caught.

Government officials pledged at the weekend to get to the bottom of the killings and learn how to prevent what Chancellor Angela Merkel called a national disgrace from happening again.

The parliament, chancellery and presidency agreed to hold a national memorial service.

Members of the neo-Nazi cell, called the National Socialist Underground, are suspected of killing at least nine immigrants between 2000 and 2007. REUTERS