A group of German far-right nationalists, calling themselves “Der harte Kern” (German for “The Hard Core”) were arrested by German authorities on February 14th.
During the raids, prosecuting authorities arrested 12 of 13 people suspected of being part of or involved with the terror cell. Federal prosecutors said the raids had confirmed suspicions of planned wrongdoing.
Prosecutors said the group, founded by five suspected right-wing extremists, hoped to plunge Germany into a civil-war-like state, but their plans had not yet reached fruition.
Only four of the five founders were arrested.
The eight other people arrested were suspected of financially supporting the core group, procuring weapons and providing assistance for future attacks.
Prosecutors say the men wanted to cause “circumstances akin to civil war” by plotting “yet-unspecified attacks against politicians, asylum-seekers and Muslims.”
They allegedly met over WhatsApp. Reportedly, the investigators also discovered links with the extremist group Soldiers of Odin, which was founded in Finland in 2015, amid the European Union refugee crisis.
While official information remains scarce, local media also reported that the police found weapons while raiding a total of 13 residences across six German states, these include Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Lower Saxony, North-Rhine Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt.
North Rhine Westphalia Interior Minister Herbert Reul revealed that an administrative police employee had been suspended in relation to the raids.
Right-wing terror groups have drawn the attention of authorities after the murder of conservative local politician Walter Lübcke last June and an October attack on a synagogue in eastern city of Halle. Both cases were linked to the extreme right.
There’s been an evident increase in far-right tensions throughout Europe, due to the failing policy provided to the block regarding immigrants, and repatriating known terrorists, or providing asylum to foreign “reformed” terrorists who then orchestrate or even carry out terror attacks, as there are numerous examples of such things transpiring.
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