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Far-right extremist crime surged 40% as Germany welcomed refugees

The number of crimes committed by far-right extremists rose by more than 40% in Germany last year.

An annual report by the domestic intelligence agency recorded 1,408 violent crimes by far-right extremists in 2015. That compares with 990 such incidents the previous year.

German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said far-right extremists targeted asylum seekers in particular.

Far-right groups saw a rise in membership and support amid growing anti-foreigner sentiment last year, amid an unprecedented influx to Germany of refugees from the Middle East and Africa.

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