Neo-Nazis 'planned assault on Munich synagogue'
A RING of neo-Nazi extremists arrested in Germany this week is suspected of plotting an attack on Munich’s new synagogue on the anniversary of Hitler’s “Kristallnacht”, police sources say. The right-wing extremists, arrested in raids that also turned up machine-guns, grenades and nearly 30lb of explosives, were planning an assault on the 65th anniversary of the night when Jewish homes and business were attacked in the infamous Nazi pogrom, police say. Their targets were high officials, including the German president, Johannes Rau, due to lay the foundation stones for the synagogue and school for Munich’s 8,000-strong Jewish community. Nine people have been taken into custody since Tuesday’s raids, and officials believe the plot could be a warning of rising ultra-right violence. The eye has been taken off these extremists as police and political resources are deployed to combat the threat of Islamic terror, critics say, with Hamburg fingered as a base for the 11 September plotters. Full Story