German government says violent far-right crimes rose by nearly a quarter last year

The German government says violent far-right crime increased by nearly a quarter last year, while authorities are concerned about an even faster rise in offenses involving homes for asylum-seekers.

The domestic intelligence agency counted 990 violent offenses with a far-right motivation, compared with 801 in 2013. That included 512 xenophobic attacks, up from 473 and the highest number since the current definitions for offenses were introduced in 2001.

The agency says far-right offenses, violent or otherwise, against homes for asylum-seekers tripled last year, rising to 170 from 55. Most of those involved damage to property or propaganda.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Tuesday the figure is still rising, with some 150 counted in this year's first half.

Germany has seen a large influx of asylum-seekers over the past year.