Twelve far-right ‘terrorists’ including a police officer are arrested in Germany for ‘plotting to spark CIVIL WAR with attacks on politicians, asylum-seekers and Muslims’
- Four prime suspects found in raids planned to spark a ‘civil-war-like situation’
- Police officer that was arrested was previously suspended over far-right links
- Two main suspects, Werner S and Tony E, ‘organised regular group meetings’
Police in Germany have arrested 12 men, including one of its own officers, in nationwide raids to hunt for an extreme-right group suspected of planning attacks on politicians, asylum-seekers and Muslims.
The raids were executed by heavily-armed special units, which hit 13 locations in six German states.
The four prime suspects planned to spark ‘a civil-war-like situation… via as yet undefined attacks on politicians, asylum seekers and people of Muslim faith,’ federal prosecutors said in a statement.
Police in Germany have arrested 12 men, including one of its own officers, in nationwide raids to hunt for an extreme-right group
The group was suspected of planning attacks on politicians, asylum-seekers and Muslims
Federal Police officers escort a German citizen suspected of right-wing terrorism to his arraignment at the Federal Supreme Court
A further eight suspects were alleged to have agreed to ‘financially support the group, provide it with weapons or take part in future attacks’.
The twelve included a police officer previously suspended over suspicions he had links to the far-right, a source at the interior ministry in North-Rhine Westphalia state said, though it was not immediately clear if he was one of the prime suspects.
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.
In order to plan their attacks, the group allegedly held regular meetings which were coordinated and organised by two of the main suspects, named only as Werner S and Tony E.
The suspects, all of whom are German citizens, also communicated using messenger apps.
Investigators launched Friday’s raids to determine whether the suspects already had weapons or other supplies that could be used in an attack.
The twelve included a police officer previously suspended over suspicions he had links to the far-right
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’
The twelve men are set to appear before a court today to hear whether they will be imprisoned on remand.
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.
According to Spiegel magazine, police discovered several weapons in yesterday’s raids, including one self-made ‘slam gun’ similar to the one used in the Halle attack.
Two of the main suspects, named only as Werner S and Tony E, allegedly organised regular group meetings
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.
Reacting to reports of the arrests on Friday, a spokesman for the Federal Interior Ministry said that measures to protect religious institutions would be reviewed by local authorities.
A spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel, meanwhile, said that threats to attack Islamic institutions in Germany amounted to ‘abominable behaviour’.
‘We as the federal government feel an obligation to ensure that anyone in Germany can practice their religion within the bounds of our legal order,’ said Steffen Seibert at a government press conference.