Update: Police raid far-right group in six German states over ‘attack plans’

Update: Police raid far-right group in six German states over 'attack plans'
A sign marks the headquarters of Germany's intelligence agency. Photo: DPA
Police in Germany arrested twelve men Friday in a nationwide probe into an extreme-right group suspected of planning "attacks on politicians, asylum-seekers and people of Muslim faith," prosecutors said Friday.

The arrests of four prime suspects and eight alleged supporters followed raids, some by heavily-armed special units, which hit 13 locations in six German states.

The raids, some by heavily-armed special units, hit 13 locations in six German states.

Under plans by five prime suspects and eight supporters, “a civil-war-like situation was to be brought about via as yet undefined attacks on politicians, asylum seekers and people of Muslim faith,” federal prosecutors said in a statement.

From its founding in September 2019, the group's ultimate aim was “to shake the state and social order in Germany and in the end to overturn it,” investigators believe.

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.

So far, no-one has been arrested over the alleged attack plot, prosecutors said.

Far-right in Germany

German authorities have turned increased attention to the country's underground extreme right scene since the murder of conservative local politician Walter Lübcke 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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