German Bundeswehr land operation exercise (file photo)
Report: Far-right German commandos planned to kill politicians, immigrants
Covert network of some 200 neo-Nazi and far-right soldiers and veterans planned to abduct and execute Green Party leader Claudia Roth, Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and former president Joachim Gauck, as well as leaders of asylum group, on 'Day X,' when law and order collapses, German magazine Focus reports.
Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) uncovered a plot by a covert network of some 200 neo-Nazi and far-right soldiers and veterans of an elite commando unit to murder left-wing politicians and asylum seekers, according to an extensive investigative report in German news magazine Focus.
The plot, carried out by a group within the Bundeswehr's KSK unit, was to be unleashed on what they dubbed "Day X," when law and order in the country would collapse, something they believed was "imminent."
Death squads planned to abduct and murder Green Party leader Claudia Roth, Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and the country's former president Joachim Gauck, as well as leaders of asylum groups.
The plotters all reportedly belonged to a group called "Uniter," which was founded in 1996 to benefit Germany soldiers returning from tours in Afghanistan and Africa. "Uniter" denied knowledge of the group.
German authorities learned about the alleged secret group during an investigation into a German officer who was caught trying to pose as a Syrian refugee last year. During the officer's interrogation, German security forces learned of his affiliation to the far right and his plans to carry out attacks against politicians and immigrants.
The investigation further found that soldiers from right-wing groups tried to establish neo-Nazi cells within the German military.