If the motive is confirmed, the murder would be postwar Germany’s first killing of a politician by a far-right perpetrator.
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Germans have voiced shock at the suspected far-right murder of a pro-migrant official fueling debate Tuesday on whether the country has failed to take seriously a rising threat from neo-Nazis.If the motive is confirmed, the murder would be postwar Germany's first killing of a politician by a far-right perpetrator.Markus Nierth, who had quit his voluntary mayor post in a village after receiving threats from the far-right over his pro-migrant stance, told the daily Berliner Zeitung the killing revived memories of the weeks and months both he and his wife spent in fear.Observers said the initial failure to draw a link to the far right was chillingly reminiscent of investigations into the killings of nine Turkish and Greek-born immigrants by the far-right militant group National Socialist Underground.More than 12,000 far-right extremists across the country are rated dangerous in official statistics.
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