Some 200 police officers in Germany are searching 12 apartments across the country in connection with an extremist far right group that is accused of wanting to attack police, asylum seekers and Jews.
The federal prosecutors' office said in a statement that the raids Wednesday included searches of the homes of six people accused of founding a network on social media in the spring of last year to execute armed attacks. A seventh person is accused of supporting the network with acquisitions.
"The goal of today's search measures was to obtain further evidence of the actual creation of a formal group, as well as the alleged planned criminal acts and any potential tools," the office said in a statement.
There were no details of any arrests. The prosecutor's office was not immediately available to comment.
The prosecutor's office did not name the group but German media reported the raids were directed against members of a group calling itself "Reichsbuerger", or Citizens of the Reich.
The group does not recognize modern Germany as a legitimate state and maintains that the former, far larger "Deutsche Reich" is still alive despite Nazi Germany's defeat in World War Two.
Germany's BfV domestic intelligence agency warned last year about a rise in far-right violence after the influx of more than a million migrants and called for concrete steps to avert the emergence of what it called "right-wing terrorist structures".
The number of far-right extremists jumped to 12,100 in 2016 from around 11,800 in 2015, according to a report in the Tagesspiegel German newspaper which cited security sources. Officials at the BfV intelligence agency had no immediate comment on the reported numbers.
German authorities broke up a suspected ultra-right militant group known as "Oldschool Society" last year but have warned about the emergence of similar groups elsewhere.
Wednesday's raids occurred in Berlin and the states of Baden-Wuerttemerg, Brandenburg, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate and Sachsen-Anhalt.
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