Saturday 22 October 2016

Four police officers shot during raid on far-right German suspect

Police shot during weapons search at home in Bavaria

Lizzie Dearden

Published 19/10/2016 | 10:13

Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images

Four police officers have been shot in Germany by a suspect with links to a far-right movement.

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The Bavarian interior ministry said a 49-year-old man opened fire on the officers after they entered his home in Georgensgmünd on Wednesday.

A spokesperson said police were conducting an operation to confiscate legally-owned weapons because of the suspect's "unreliability".

"The 49-year-old immediately opened fire on officers," he added. "Four police officers were injured, some seriously. The suspect was slightly injured and arrested."

The suspect calls himself a "Reichsbürger", part of a far-right movement that claims the current German state is illegitimate and is alleged to have neo-Nazi links.

Joachim Herrmann, the Bavarian interior minister, and local judiciary and police officials were due to hold a conference on the shooting later in the day.

Germany remains on a state of high alert following a series of terror attacks by Isis supporters, including a suicide bombing in Ansbach and axe attack on a train.

But there is also growing concern over far-right movements, which have been gathering increasing support during tensions over the refugee crisis and sexual assaults in Cologne.

Centres for asylum seekers have been the target of arson attacks and racist graffiti, while police uncovered a neo-Nazi plot to attack refugee accomodation with explosives last year.

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