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Neo-Nazis 'part of violent German-Swedish network'

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Three Swedes suspected of involvement in a violent attack on left wing activists in Germany last weekend are part of a network of German and Swedish neo-Nazi groups, according to German media.

A report in Der Spiegel this weekend says one of the suspects was once among the leaders of ‘Blood and Honour Scandinavia', part of an international network of neo- Nazis.

Ralf Mohrmann from the Gera state prosecutor which is leading the investigation, said that an arrest warrant has been issued for one of the three Swedes on the bus involved in the attack.

All 41 passengers on the bus are being investigated on possible assault and trespass charges.

The German police stopped the bus – which had been hired by a German member of the NPD – after the attack on the trade unionists. The trade unionists and the fascists had been demonstrating on opposing sides in Dresden on the anniversary of the World War II allied bombing of the city.

But the magazine reports that, although the names and addresses of all those aboard were taken, they were allowed to continue their journey as the extent of the injuries sustained in the attack had not yet become apparent.

A 42-year-old man from northern Hesse is reported to have suffered a fractured skull and had to be operated on. Four others were also injured, some seriously.

German security sources told the magazine that Swedish extremists had close connections to the ‘Action Office Rhein-Neckar' which links neo-Nazi groups from south Hesse, Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg.

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