German police launch nationwide raids against suspected Isis supporters

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Officials said there are three people in focus in particular, two of whom are suspected of being Isis members, while the other is suspected of supporting the terror group.

So far there have been no arrests.

Spiegel Online reported that two of the suspects are being investigated for weapons violations.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière did not want to give further details yet about the police raids, according to Spiegel, but said that the raids showed “that the security agencies have recently been determined to focus on the area of international terrorism”.

Regional news portal “Tag24” reported that the operation targeted suspected members of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS), as well as other extremist factions.

A police spokesperson in Leipzig said the raids were part of a nationwide anti-terror operation. Similar raids were carried out in the federal states of Saxony-Anhalt, Berlin and Bavaria. Read more: Number of potential terrorists in Germany on the rise, report says

According to German daily “Bild,” authorities searched three apartments belonging to asylum seekers in the Leipzig districts of Volkmarsdorf, Mockau and Connewitz.

The move comes less than a week after Leipzig police arrested a suspected IS militant near the city.

The 29-year-old Syrian national had allegedly pledged allegiance to the terrorist organization in 2013 and had fought in Syria for several years.

Prosecutors said the three suspects are thought to be connected with the Syrian national arrested last week, as well with another Syrian arrested in June 2016 on suspicion of planning a bomb attack in Düsseldorf.

 

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