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Police foil far-right 'model plane bomb plot'

Police foil far-right 'model plane bomb plot'
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German police have arrested a man over an alleged far-right plot to use explosives mounted on a model aeroplane against political opponents, authorities said on Tuesday.

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The unidentified 23-year-old suspect, a known right-wing extremist of no

fixed address, allegedly incited another man (42) to build the device, said

police and prosecutors.

They did not identify his suspected targets.

Police were also investigating two other suspects, men aged 22 and 24, over

the alleged plan and had raided their homes last week in the southwestern

state of Baden-Württemberg.

The arrested man had previously taken part in a rally of anti-immigrant group Die Rechte (The Right) on August 31st and hurled firecrackers at anti-fascist

counter-demonstrators, injuring five.

A police searched the home of the alleged bomb-maker and found

an explosive device, chemicals, several model aeroplanes, a data storage device

and a video camera.

Police said the 42-year-old man - who the younger suspect recruited to build the plane bomb - from the Emmendingen district had no previous known history of political extremism and that he remained free on bail.

In June, German authorities staged raids after uncovering a similar alleged

plot by Islamists to carry out bomb attacks against state targets using model

aeroplanes.

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