Saturday 21 October 2017

Five Germans accused of plan to murder refugees

A city sign is pictured in the town of Freital near Dresden. Photo: Reuters
A city sign is pictured in the town of Freital near Dresden. Photo: Reuters

Heinz Lorenz in Dresden

Five people have been arrested in Germany on suspicion of founding a right-wing terror group to attack refugee homes and other facilities.

The Freital Group, named after a suburb of the eastern city of Dresden that has experienced a string of anti-refugee protests and other incidents, was formed in July last year or earlier, federal prosecutors said.

They said several apartments in the state of Saxony were searched alongside the arrests of the five German nationals - four men and a woman aged between 18 and 39.

"The security authorities have dealt a powerful blow to a regional right-wing terrorist group," interior minister Thomas DeMaiziere said.

The group acquired more than 100 firecrackers from the Czech Republic. Prosecutors said members were believed to have carried out three attacks in September and October - two on refugee homes in Freital and the other on a left-wing housing project in Dresden - in which windows were blown out and one victim suffered facial cuts.

The suspects were identified only as Justin S, Rico K, Maria K, Sebastian W and Mike S in line with German privacy rules.

They are also suspected of offences including attempted murder, bodily harm and bringing about explosions.

Irish Independent

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