BERLIN  - The German government said Monday it had started paying compensation to victims of a far-right cell believed to be behind a seven-year-long serial killing spree. A spokeswoman for the justice ministry said it had received "a lot of applications", adding that payments of between 5,000 and 10,000 euros ($6,500 and 13,100) had already been made to some victims. She said Berlin aimed to approve the payouts in an "unbureaucratic" way so that victims would not have to provide detailed reports of their suffering in order to benefit.  The ministry declined to estimate how many victims would receive a cheque.In November it emerged that a neo-Nazi gang calling itself the National Socialist Underground was presumed to be behind the unsolved murders of 10 people, mainly shopkeepers of Turkish origin, between 2000 and 2007.The extremist cell is also believed to have mounted two bomb attacks in the western city of Cologne in 2001 and 2004 with a total of 23 wounded in addition to a series of armed bank robberies.Police continue to round up suspects in the case, which Chancellor Angela Merkel has described as a "disgrace" for Germany, acknowledging gross errors in the course of the investigation.