Raids against alleged right-wing terrorist association

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Right Terror? The Attorney General had the premises of suspects searched at 13 locations in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt.
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The Attorney General had premises of alleged members and supporters searched. The aim of the group was supposed to be to shake the state order of the Federal Republic. Twelve people were arrested.

NAfter the raids on a suspected right-wing terrorist cell, the Attorney General had 12 of the 13 suspects arrested. The suspicion has been confirmed, said the federal prosecutor’s office in Karlsruhe on Friday.

On Friday morning, the Federal Prosecutor General launched raids in Rhineland-Palatinate and five other federal states against the alleged association. The investigation was directed against five people and eight supporters. According to the current status of the investigation, five people are said to have joined together in September 2019 to form the alleged right-wing terrorist association. The aim of the group was to shake and ultimately overcome the state and social order of the Federal Republic of Germany. For this purpose, attacks on politicians, asylum seekers and people of Muslim faith – so far not yet specified – should bring about civil war-like conditions, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said. For their part, the eight alleged supporters are said to have agreed to provide financial support to the association, to procure weapons or to participate in future attacks.

As it was further said, the Federal Attorney General had the apartments and other premises of the accused searched by special forces at 13 locations in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt. In addition, the home of a non-suspect was searched in Bavaria. The searches had served in particular to clarify whether the suspects already had weapons or other objects to inspect the attack.

An administrative officer of the police in North Rhine-Westphalia has been suspended in connection with the raids. Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) said on Friday in Düsseldorf. In total, four residential addresses were searched in North Rhine-Westphalia in the morning. The grouping is made up of members of an extreme right-wing scene, “which we have had in view for a long time,” said Reul. The actors got to know each other online.

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