Germany: Four arrests in alleged plot to attack Islamic targets

BERLIN: German police have arrested four people suspected of plotting to attack Muslims and asylum seekers.


Prosecutors said that three men and one woman were accused of founding a far-right group and procuring explosives.

They added that a previously unknown group, the “Old Schools Society”, had been planning to attack mosques and hostels for asylum seekers.

The suspects were arrested in raids across five German states involving some 250 investigators.

“In the search, pyrotechnics with large explosive power and further pieces of evidence were confiscated,” said the prosecutor’s office in a statement.

Searches were conducted in Bavaria, Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

The suspected head of the group was from the Bavarian city of Augsburg, according to German media. Its 39-year-old vice president was believed to be from Saxony.

Prosecutors added that they were still trying to determine whether the group had concrete targets or dates for attacks.

The suspects are to be brought before the investigating judge of the Federal Court on Thursday, reports say.