Police raid far-right group planning attacks on ‘politicians, asylum seekers and Muslims’ to bring about ‘a civil war-like situation’ in Germany
- Police carried out raids on 13 locations across six states in Germany on Friday
- Heavily-armed officers targeted far-right terror group aiming to cause ‘civil war’
- Group planned attacks on politicians, asylum seekers and Muslims, officers said
Police in Germany have carried out raids against a far-right terror group that planned to create a ‘civil war’ with attacks on politicians, asylum seekers and Muslims.
Officers, including heavily armed specialist units, hit 13 locations across six states on Friday targeting the group’s five founding members and eight supporters.
No arrests have yet been made – and police have not said what was found during the raids or where exactly they were carried out.
Heavily armed German police swooped on 13 locations across six states on Friday, targeting a far-right terror group planning to cause ‘civil war’ with attacks on politicians and Muslims (file)
Herbert Reul, interior minister of the North Rhine-Westphalia region, was due to make a statement with more information later on Friday.
Prosecutors say the group, which they did not name, was founded in September 2019 by the five main suspects.
The suspects planned to create ‘a civil-war-like situation via as yet undefined attacks on politicians, asylum seekers and people of Muslim faith.’
The group’s ultimate aim was ‘to shake the state and social order in Germany and in the end to overturn it,’ investigators say.
Alongside the five prime suspects, the eight supporters ‘are believed to have agreed to provide financial support, procure weapons or take part in future attacks,’ prosecutors said.
Investigators launched Friday’s raids to determine whether the suspects already had weapons or other supplies that could be used in an attack.
Police said the raid targeted five main suspects who founded the group in September 2019, and eight supporters who had pledged to support the attacks (file)
German authorities have turned increased attention to the country’s underground extreme right scene since the murder of conservative local politician Walter Luebcke last June and an October attack on a synagogue in eastern city Halle.
Suspects arrested in both cases have ties to the extreme right.
Interior minister Horst Seehofer announced in December 600 new posts across the federal police and domestic security services to track far-right extremist threats, citing a growing danger.
At the time, federal police said they had identified 48 people on the extreme right as ‘dangerous’ individuals who could carry out an attack.
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