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.