German police stop far-right plot to attack refugee homes
German police have foiled a far-right plot to attack refugee shelters in Bavaria amid growing violence against refugees.
Prosecutors said 11 men and two women were detained during raids on Wednesday in the town of Bamberg, about 50km north of Nuremberg.
Police, who had been observing the group for more than a year, also seized powerful illegal firecrackers, a firearm, ammunition, baseball bats and knives.
Police said the group planned to use the explosives - which included two illegal 1kg "ball bomb" firecrackers - to attack refugee shelters in Bamberg on October 31 in order to "instil fear and terror among the asylum-seekers".
Explosives experts determined that the "ball bombs" could have caused serious injury or death if detonated close to people in a confined space.
Several of those detained were members of a political party called The Right, while one person was involved in an offshoot of the anti-Islam group PEGIDA.