Merkel admits 'failures' in neo-Nazi investigation

November 23, 2011 - 8:45 AM
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during her speech of the budget debate at the German Federal Parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. Germany's chancellor says Greece can only receive its next batch of bailout loans if all parties supporting the new government in Athens commit in writing to the conditions attached to a separate aid package. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says German security services made "numerous failures" in not catching a small band of neo-Nazis before they allegedly killed 10 people, and promised the victims' families a full investigation.

Merkel told Parliament on Wednesday that the "crimes were no more and no less than an attack on our democracy."

She says "our responsiblity to the victims is to undertake everything possible to clear up these horrible crimes."

Of the group's suspected founders, Beate Zschaepe, 36, is in custody while Uwe Boehnhardt, 34, and Uwe Mundlos, 38 died in an apparant murder-suicide as police closed in on them earlier this month. They're suspected of the 2007 slaying of a policewoman and the killing of nine minorities over more than a decade.