BERLIN, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Germany is investigating whether hundreds of unsolved killings since the country's reunification could be linked to far-right neo-Nazi extremists, officials said Wednesday.
The Interior Ministry said an initial review of 3,300 unsolved crimes committed from 1990 to 2011 indicated that 746 of them, with 849 victims, might be linked to neo-Nazi motives.
"In a total of 746 cases across Germany, there were leads in that direction," ministry spokesman Hendrik Loerges said, adding that there are only indications that may not stand up to scrutiny. The result of the investigation is expected in the second quarter of next year.
Demands for a ban on the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) intensified after it was found out that a neo-Nazi terror group was involved in the murders of nine immigrants and a policewoman between 2000 and 2007, triggering calls for a crackdown on right-wing extremism.
Germany's 16 states, represented in the upper house of parliament, have launched a case this week to outlaw the NPD, which is considered by the government as "an anti-democratic, xenophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-constitutional party."