Wednesday, January 25, 2017

German Police Raid Homes of Radical Suspects; Arrest 13 Plotting Attacks on Jews and Refugees

Some 200 German police officers carried out dawn raids yesterday against far-right suspects accused of plotting attacks on Jews, refugees, and police, the Times of Israel website reports today (January 25, 2017).

Police swooped on 12 homes and other sites in six states "as part of a federal investigation on suspicion of forming a right-wing extremist organization," the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

Six suspects "connected primarily via social media," are accused of founding the group "and in early 2016 beginning plans for armed attacks against police officers as representatives of the state, asylum seekers, and members of the Jewish community."

Another seven people are believed to have offered assistance to the group, including acquiring weapons.

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