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German, Austrian police raid premises of 12 suspected weapons dealers

German and Austrian police on Wednesday raided residences belonging to 12 suspected members of the Reichsbuerger (Reich Citizens) on suspicion of illegal weapons dealing.


The raids were conducted across three German states and in Austria on Wednesday, the Bavarian Interior Ministry said, in connection with suspected arms deliveries from Croatia to Germany.

Around 200 prosecutors and police officers took part in the raids on homes and business premises in Bavaria, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and in Austria, the state ministry said.

Investigators are looking into suspected violations of weapons laws, it added.

“This should be taken very seriously, even if the investigations into the motives are still ongoing,” said Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann.

“Our investigators are working on the premise that the people concerned belong to, among other things, the right-wing extremist spectrum and the ‘Reichsbuerger’ movement,” Herrmann said.

Adherents of the Reichsbuerger ideology doubt the legitimacy of the Federal Republic of Germany as well as its post World War II borders and believe in the existence of an ongoing Reich or German empire.

They often hold right-wing extremist and anti-Semitic views.

Edited By: Fatima Sule/Silas Nwoha (NAN)

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