German spy chief steps down over terror probe

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German spy chief steps down over terror probe

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The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has quit. Heinz Fromm is stepping down amid mounting criticism of errors made in the investigation of a neo-Nazi terror cell, the National Socialist Underground. It emerged his office had shredded important documents relating to the case.

The neo-Nazi group was responsible for Germany’s worst acts of far-right violence since the Second World War.

Police discovered the bodies of the gang’s two ringleaders, Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Böhnhardt last November. A third member, Beate Zschäpe, was caught and arrested. She is still being questioned.

Officials admitted that domestic intelligence agents, who had been keeping the gang under surveillance for more than a decade, had destroyed files containing information about the group.