BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel apologized to the relatives of victims of a neo-Nazi killing spree on Thursday, asking for their forgiveness for botched investigations that left their murderers undetected for more than a decade.
Merkel addressed the families of the victims - eight Turks, a Greek and a German policewoman - at a memorial service, calling the crimes a disgrace and an attack on German democracy.
"The background to these murders lay hidden for far too long. That is the bitter truth ... These years must have been a never-ending nightmare for you," Merkel said at the commemoration in Berlin's grand Konzerthaus.
"For this I beg you for forgiveness."