Germany Busts Far-Right Terror Cell Planning Parliament Attack

By i24
Posted on 12/07/22 | News Source: i24

Members of the 'Citizens of the Reich' movement were arrested in 11 German federal states, Austria and Italy

German police launched nationwide raids on Wednesday and made 25 arrests against members of a far-right "terror group" suspected of planning an attack on parliament, federal prosecutors said.

Individuals belonging to the "Citizens of the Reich" (Reichsbuerger) movement, who refuse to recognize modern Germany state and are in favor of the German 1871 Reich. Twenty two of those detained were German citizens. They are suspected of "having made concrete preparations to violently force their way into the German parliament with a small armed group," prosecutors said in a statement.

More than 3,000 officers including anti-terror units took part in the early morning raids conducted across 11 German federal states, according to the statement. Over 130 premises were searched during the investigation. Suspects were arrested in the states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Saxony, Thuringia as well as in Austria and Italy. The operation was described by German media as one of the largest police actions the country has ever seen.