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German counterterrorism unit arrests far-right terror suspects

(London Post)   An elite German police unit has arrested five people in the Saxon town of Freital on suspicion of attacking refugee shelters, media say. The town attained doubtful fame last year for weeks-long xenophobic protests.

Police officers from Germany’s elite GSG 9 counterterrorism unit arrested the five people in an operation in the eastern town of Freital in the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to a report by the news magazine “Spiegel” in its online edition.

“Spiegel Online” said those arrested were aged between 18 and 39, and included one woman. The report said they were detained on suspicion of forming a far-right terrorist group, causing grievous bodily harm and attempted murder.

The arrests come in the wake of a number of attacks on asylum-seeker shelters and refugee carers. Among other things, the group is suspectedd of attacking asylum-seeker homes in Freital with stones and fireworks, and of carrying out an explosives attack on the car of a Freital alderman.

Store of fireworks

Freital Anschlag AsylunterkunftExplosives have been used in attacks on refugee homes

“Spiegel Online” said officers found a large number of fireworks from eastern Europe during their raids.

Federal prosecutors have been investigating the members of the far-right vigilante group in the town for some time. Police have found explosives and Nazi memorabilia during raids on several apartments in the town and in Dresden starting in November last year.

Two men who are alleged to be the leaders of the group have been in remand for some time.

The town, which is close by the Saxon state capital of Dresden, hit the headlines last summer duringweeks of xenophobic protests in front of a refugee home in a former hotel.

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